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passage to ancient egypt & india

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athens – delhi

14 – 15

january 1, 2019

the golden triangle to the strait of malacca

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delhi – singapore

16 – 17

january 22

beyond burma & the malay peninsula

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singapore – colombo

18 – 19

february 10

islands of the indian ocean & south africa

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colombo – cape town

22 – 23

march 12

south africa, namibia & the skeleton coast

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cape town – malaga

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classical civilizations of the southern mediterranean

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contents the journey – memories of a lifetime

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our philosophy

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Greece, eGypt, india & southeast asia

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southern africa & the indian ocean

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Grand voyaGes

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included hotel stays

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optional excursions & overniGht safaris

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aeGean odyssey

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suites, staterooms & cabins

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deck plan

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General information

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VTA

breathtakinG siGhts, ancient civiliZations, natural wonders and a world of discovery

UNIQUE EXCLUSIVE VOYAGES

In the winter of 2018/19 our South Africa, India and Southeast Asia cruise program returns, featuring six traditional length cruises, four incredible Grand Voyages plus the opportunity to complete an extraordinary 130-day Grand Odyssey across three continents. From spectacular big game to the aroma of spices and the mysticism of ancient temples, each one of these meticulously-planned itineraries is born of our desire to help travelers discover more about the culture, history, scenic beauty and wildlife of the places they will be visiting, ensuring each voyage is the journey of a lifetime, every time.

SPAIN CANARY ISLANDS

MOROCCO

GREECE EGYPT JORDAN OMAN

CAPE VERDE ISLANDS

INDIA BOM BOM ISLAND

SRI LANKA

MALDIVES

THAILAND MALAYSIA SINGAPORE

SEYCHELLES

ANGOLA NAMIBIA SOUTH AFRICA

BURMA

REUNION

MAURITIUS

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ancient cultures

fascinating history

A city carved out of rock, Petra

set sail on a voyaGe beyond compare

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classical athens and treasures of the red sea

The Suez Canal, ancient Egypt and Jordan

The poet John Milton called Athens “the eye of Greece, mother of arts and eloquence,” and it was here in the fifth century BC that the genius and creativity of the ancient Greek world shone with unprecedented brilliance. This was the time of the great statesman Pericles, of the dramatists Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides and, of course, of the philosopher Socrates. Through visits to all the key sights, your visit to this truly remarkable place will bring to life this “Golden Age” of western civilization.

Opened in November 1869 after ten years of construction, the 120-mile long canal allows ships to travel between Europe and Asia without navigating around Africa, thereby reducing the sea voyage distance between Europe and India by about 4,300 miles. Today, sailing through the Suez is an aweinspiring experience and our transit of the canal will be through the daytime hours – one of the world’s greatest travel adventures. Indeed, the extraordinary achievements of man from very different ages are among the highlights of our Red Sea journey.

As the historian Paul Johnson tells us, the Egyptians “were the first people on earth to create a nation-state. This state served as the framework for a culture of extraordinary strength, assurance and durability which lasted for 3,000 years, retaining its now unmistakable purity of style almost to the end. In the Egypt of antiquity, state, religion and culture formed an indisputable unity.” The great legacy of this most fascinating of cultures comes to life on our land tours to Giza and its mighty pyramids, Luxor, Memphis, the temple complex of Sakkara, and the pharaonic tombs of the Valley of the Kings.


Exotic Burma

elegant mosques, historic churches and mysterious ruins – the diverse nature of Asia’s history is forever on display.

Burma: A world apart

Inspirational Taj Mahal, India

Then Jordan reveals another extraordinary architectural miracle, chosen as one of the “New” Seven Wonders of the World, the stunning Rose City of Petra.

india: emperors and empire On the land tour of the fabulous Golden Triangle in India, the time of the Moghul emperors and the Age of Empire will grasp your attention. The great monuments from these times include the forts and palaces of Jaipur, Lutyen’s great monuments to the British

The wonders of Sri Lanka

Raj in Delhi and, of course, the sublimely inspirational Taj Mahal in Agra. The magnificent sites of the Indian subcontinent have been attracting travelers for centuries, but another Asian country that is home to some equally marvelous Buddhist buildings, temples and monuments is Sri Lanka. The capital of Colombo has an astonishing blend of modern and exotic culture, while the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage offers a moving and rare experience with these affectionate young animals.

lands of mystery and wonders Southeast Asia and India are two of the world's most popular tourist destinations, and for good reasons. Many of the countries here have it all: a tropical climate of year-round warmth, fascinating culture, wonderful food and charming people. It is also home to dynamic cities such as Singapore and natural wonders including the Phi Phi Islands in Thailand. Its rich history has left a legacy of breathtaking architectural and artistic treasures. You will visit massive ancient temples,

“This is Burma,” wrote Rudyard Kipling. “It is quite unlike any place you know about.” How right he was; more than a century later Myanmar remains a world apart. Visitors to Burma will discover a corner of Asia that has changed little over the years, where people are still attired in traditional dress. A country of incredible sites such as the Shwedagon Pagoda, Burma is a truly remarkable place where holy men are still revered, and western technology has yet to dominate. Our three-day visit allows plenty of time to explore, so you may like to take advantage of our optional excursions by air to Mandalay or one of the world's great wonders, the vast archaeological site at Bagan.

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outstanding destinations

spectacular sights Beautiful islands of the Indian Ocean

Morocco’s historic cities

South Africa’s incredible wildlife.

the indian ocean & southern africa Before reaching the African continent, Aegean Odyssey calls at some magical tropical islands: the Maldives, Mauritius, French Reunion, and Mahe in the Seychelles. Here you will find the finest white sandy beaches in the Indian Ocean, warm waters and beautiful colonial architecture – the perfect places to slow down and relax.

South Africa’s game reserves Although we have become somewhat accustomed to seeing Africa's magnificent wildlife on our televisions, there is nothing comparable to coming face-to-face with one of the savannah's "Big Five" (lion, Cape buffalo, elephant,

Welcome to South Africa

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leopard and rhinoceros). In South Africa you will have the opportunity to get up close to these wonderful animals, with safaris included to some of the country’s top game parks (see pages 21 and 36-37). South Africa also boasts many other magnificent attractions including the charms of Cape Town, one of the world’s great sights, with its backdrop of Table Mountain and the stunning South Atlantic coast. This is a place of great creativity, culture and history. It is also famous for its proximity to the marvelous vineyards of the Stellenbosch Valley and the Cape Winelands region. Another marvel is the famous “Garden

Route” that features a unique landscape of native flora running along the coast to where the mighty Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet (available as an optional tour, see page 35). The skeleton coast of Namibia With its unique landscapes and turbulent colonial history, the remarkable country of Namibia is one of Africa’s “must-see” destinations. This reputation will be confirmed at both your Namibian destinations: the incredible lagoon and unique marine life of Walvis Bay on the Skeleton Coast, and the German colonial port of Luderitz, sandwiched between


the barren Namib Desert and the windswept South Atlantic coast.

followinG the old trade routes north

Crossing the Equator As Aegean Odyssey sails north, she passes over the Equator and this event will be marked – as maritime tradition demands – by the Crossing the Line Ceremony. Situated just north of the equator off the coast of Gabon, Sao Tome and Principe is a Portuguese-speaking island nation in the Gulf of Guinea. The sublime laidback tempo of the islands is enhanced by a wealth of natural attractions: miles of palm-fringed beaches, large areas of rainforest, mellow fishing villages and excellent birdlife. You will experience a true island paradise here with a beach party on the wonderfully-named Bom Bom Island. With its pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters, this tiny islet on the northern shore of the volcanic island of Principe is a hidden gem.

Our next landfall as we head north is Cape Verde. In 1585, Sir Francis Drake twice attacked the Portuguese forces here at Ribeira Grande, the island’s capital. Portugal had occupied the previously uninhabited islands in the fifteenth century and they became an important link in the transatlantic slave trade. The upland villages and volcanic landscapes of Gran Canaria are little known jewels of this charming island. Conquered by the Spanish in the fifteenth century and fought over by the Dutch and British, it was here during a battle in 1797 that Lord Nelson lost his right arm.

Remote Cape Verde Islands

Moroccan cities and souks Morocco, with its rich and interesting culture, should be high on everyone’s travel list. Centuries of foreign trade, invasion and dynastic rule have given Morocco many different cultural influences that are still evident in today's society. From the Phoenicians, who entered Morocco in the sixth century BC, and the Roman occupation from about 40AD, to the formation of Islamic Morocco and the influence of Europeans in the years after, Morocco has evolved with the rise and fall of empires, as is showcased by the old trading centers of Taroudant, Marrakesh and Tangier, situated only a short distance across the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain.

Sail into Cape Town harbor, one of the world’s greatest travel experiences Painting by Robert G. Lloyd

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voyages to antiquity

an award-winning philosophy With many years’ experience in small-ship cruising, Voyages to Antiquity has created a unique experience that combines comfort and service with meticulously-planned itineraries to some of the world’s most exciting and interesting destinations. With open-seating dining, cocktail parties and large public spaces, the atmosphere on board Aegean Odyssey is both relaxed and convivial. Combine this with our dedication to offering our guests outstanding value and impeccable service and the result is one we know you will appreciate.

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Three days in the Burmese capital – Yangon

the best of small-ship cruisinG

a relaxed atmosphere on board

Ocean and river cruising aboard Aegean Odyssey

Enjoy the casual elegance and superb service

Voyages to Antiquity prides itself on the detail and planning of these cruises. Our aim is to offer an insight into the regions you will visit, blending an incredible wealth of culture with scenic beauty as you sail in comfort and enjoy the impeccable service of Aegean Odyssey. With an average of only 350 passengers, our ship is large enough to cruise great oceans, yet small enough to visit less crowded harbors and sail closer to the coast, enabling you to appreciate the magical views. She also has the ability to navigate upriver allowing us to berth right in the heart of Yangon (Rangoon) in Burma. See pages 38-47 for details of life on board. If you want to see the world without having to endlessly pack and unpack, then cruising is for you. And, if you dislike the idea of traveling with hordes of people, then Aegean Odyssey is the ship for you.

On days at sea you can relax in the sun, dip in the pool, find a shady spot with a good book, or take in a lecture. There is also a full program of activities including informal cocktail parties during days at sea, quizzes, games and social events – see page 41 for more details. In the evenings, relax to the sounds of our string trio, pianist and vocalist, enjoy dancing before and after dinner, or occasionally some visiting local entertainment. There is no casino and no disco. The officers’ cocktail party is casual and without the usual formalities. Open-seating dining – wine included with evening meal With our open-seating dining policy, you can choose when, where and with whom to dine, while our resortcasual dress code means you don’t need to pack so many clothes. The experience continues ashore with beach parties on Bom Bom Island and in the Maldives, wine tastings in South Africa, and an evening riverboat cruise through Cairo with dinner on board. Then when it’s time to sleep, you are never far from the creature comforts and tranquillity of your cabin or stateroom. Sweet dreams!


award-winninG itineraries

celebrated Guest speakers on board

siGhtseeinG and excursions included

Exciting destinations – unique experiences

Find out more about the fascinating places you will visit

Shore excursions, overland tours and safaris are included in the fare

All of our voyages have been meticulously planned by Voyages to Antiquity staff alongside noted experts on the natural world, explorers, archaeologists and historians. Many years of experience tell us that combining the best of cruising with land tours is the ideal way to explore these fascinating sites and get the most value from your chosen itinerary. This winter, Aegean Odyssey again heads south to the sun and across the Equator as we repeat our awardwinning program of cruises to Southern Africa, the Indian Ocean, Burma, Southeast Asia, Sri Lanka and India, plus Jordan and Egypt. For something new and exciting we also feature St Anthony and St Paul's Monasteries from Suez, Polonnaruwa or a city tour of Trincomalee, plus the Cheetah Outreach Project in South Africa.

The guest speakers who will accompany you on your cruise are all first class. They have been carefully selected for their knowledge in their chosen field and their ability to bring to life the history of the remarkable civilizations and cultures you will be visiting. Among those who will be joining us are wildlife expert Peter Mawby, military historian Stephen CarrSmith, geologist Joe Cartwright, Burma expert Ian Brown, and Master of Wine Nancy Gilchrist. Assisting the main speakers, both on board ship and on land, are our team of young and keen graduates. Listed on our itinerary pages is just a taste of who will be traveling with you, but for the full story you may go online at us.voyagestoantiquity.com or call us for more details.

We include at least one half-day sightseeing excursion in most ports of call, but where a major sightseeing experience requires a full day – such as Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage from Colombo or the Phi Phi Islands from Phuket – lunch is included. In South Africa, we have exciting safaris in search of the “Big 5” and visits to renowned wine estates. In some ports, there is a choice of included excursions as well as optional tours, time permitting. On occasion, we will also offer pre-bookable optional excursions. These include day trips by air to the Burmese royal capital of Mandalay or the magnificent pagodas of Bagan – both from Yangon (Rangoon). On all shore excursions, our expert guides will share their knowledge with you using our unique QuietVox technology. These individual headsets allow you to hear the tour leader clearly, even at the busiest sites. Voyages to Antiquity was one of the first cruise lines to operate this service.

Grand Voyages – travel further, save even more Our itineraries are all designed to make combining two departures into one unforgettable trip easy. These extended Grand Voyages not only mean you get to experience more of the world’s greatest wonders, they also represent outstanding value – see pages 28-33.

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amaZinG adventures on land

quality hotels ashore

Overland tours and wildlife safaris to enrich your experience

Included hotel stays with city sightseeing

A Voyages to Antiquity cruise will take you to some of the most beautiful places in the world. As part of our philosophy of showing you the best sites and our commitment to looking after you all the way, many of our departures feature wonderful included land tours.

After flying long haul, you’ll find it good to know that we include hotel stays pre- and/or post-cruise on many of our voyages, so that you may rest up and get over the jet lag, as well as see a little of your departure port. In some destinations, such as Cape Town and Colombo, the ship is your base for a few days before setting sail.

In Morocco, you’ll drive from Agadir to Taroudant, then head further inland to explore and overnight in exotic Marrakesh. In India, we include the “Golden Triangle” of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. In the Land of the Pharaohs, you’ll visit some of the most remarkable sites the ancient world has to offer: the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, the fabulous temple complex of Karnak and the Valley of the Kings. All these land tours are included in the cost of your cruise, but for the icing on the cake we are also offering (at an additional cost) our fantastic two-night overland tour along the spectacular Garden Route of South Africa’s coast, plus overnight visits to some of Africa’s best private game reserves and lodges. For details, please see pages 35-37.

VTA places great emphasis on the quality of your accommodation ashore. We have selected some of the best 5-star hotels for our included land stays. Our hotels in Asia and India are famous for their service and facilities. When visiting the pharaonic treasures in Luxor, your base will be the superbly well-appointed Steigenberger Palace on the banks of the River Nile, only a short distance from Karnak.

Three days in Burma

India’s Golden Triangle

Balcony Class passengers can look forward to the opulence of the Sofitel Palais Imperial, surrounded by stunning gardens, in Marrakesh. In Singapore, the Regent Four Seasons has a rooftop pool, spectacular views and excellent restaurants, making it one of the best addresses in town. See page 34 for further details.

10 Morocco’s cities and souks

Amazing adventures included


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Exploring ancient Thebes

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• INCLUDED PRE- &/OR POST-CRUISE HOTEL STAYS as shown on itineraries

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Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon


GREECE, EGYPT, INDIA &

VTA UNIQUE EXCLUSIVE VOYAGES

As part of our commitment to offer you outstanding value, the following cruises feature extended stays and land tours to enhance your voyage:

SOUTHEAST ASIA EXPERIENCE ALL THE BENEFITS OF SMALL-SHIP CRUISING AS

AEGEAN ODYSSEY SAILS FROM THE HEART OF CLASSICAL

ATHENS THROUGH THE HISTORIC SUEZ CANAL TO THE SPARKLING

RED SEA, EXOTIC INDIA, AND SOUTHEAST ASIA.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE EGYPT’S PHARAONIC TREASURES, ANCIENT

PETRA IN JORDAN, THE GREAT

SITES OF JAIPUR AND THE

TAJ MAHAL, PLUS THE

EXTRAORDINARY LANDSCAPES OF AND THE

BURMA, SRI LANKA

MALAY PENINSULA.

THESE THREE REMARKABLE JOURNEYS COMBINE RELAXING DAYS AT SEA WITH EXCITING LAND TOURS, GIVING YOU PLENTY OF TIME TO ENJOY THIS FASCINATING REGION OF THE WORLD.

OVERNIGHT EXCURSIONS TO EGYPT’S ANCIENT SITES Immerse yourself in the Land of the Pharaohs with two nights ashore in Cairo for the Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx, Egyptian Museum, and an exploration of Memphis and Sakkara. Then there’s a three-day trip from the Red Sea to Luxor on the Nile in Upper Egypt, visiting the Karnak Temple complex and incredible Valley of the Kings, last resting place of King Tutankhamun. INDIA’S GOLDEN TRIANGLE Traveling between Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, the three points of India’s Golden Triangle, is one of the world’s great journeys. In Delhi, the monuments of Empire including the Rajpath and Sir Edwin Lutyen’s India Gate take center stage. The Rajasthan city of Jaipur is renowned for its elaborate palaces and monumental forts. Then on to Agra and the greatest mausoleum of all, the Taj Mahal. TWO NIGHTS IN YANGON, BURMA In Burma, Aegean Odyssey will berth for two nights in the heart of the former capital city Yangon (Rangoon) allowing plenty of time to explore this amazing city. Included sightseeing comprises a half-day city tour and a visit to Scott’s Market.

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OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS Please see page 35 for details of our optional excursions by air to Mandalay and Bagan while in Burma.

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Christmas & New Year VoYage

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DECEMBER 5, 2018 ATHENS TO DELHI

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ATHENS Greece Arrive and transfer to hotel

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GREECE, THROUGH CANAL TO PHARAONIC EGYPT, PETRA IN JORDAN, AND INDIA’S GOLDEN TRIANGLE OF JAIPUR, AGRA AND DELHI.

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DEPART

DEC 7

ATHENS Greece (Acropolis)

hotel

DEC 8

ATHENS Greece (Mycenae and Epidaurus)

hotel

DEC 9

ATHENS/PIRAEUS Greece Embark Aegean Odyssey

COMPARE WITH THIS INCREDIBLE VOYAGE FROM THE CLASSICAL

ARRIVE

DEC 21

LUXOR Egypt (Valley of the Kings)

DEC 22

LUXOR/SAFAGA Egypt Morning drive from Luxor to Safaga to rejoin Aegean Odyssey

WONDERS OF

DEC 10/11 Cruising the Mediterranean Sea

THE SUEZ

DEC 12

Daytime transit of Suez Canal

DEC 13

SUEZ/CAIRO Egypt Disembark and drive to Cairo for afternoon sightseeing to the Egyptian Museum and hotel stay

hotel

DEC 14

CAIRO Egypt (Pyramids and Sphinx)

hotel

DEC 15

CAIRO Egypt Morning sightseeing to Memphis and Sakkara. Afternoon drive from Cairo to Ain Sokhna to rejoin Aegean Odyssey

8.00pm

DEC 23-27 Cruising the Red Sea Christmas celebrations on board DEC 28

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SALALAH Oman

8.00am 10.00pm

DEC 29/30 Cruising the Arabian Sea DEC 31

MUSCAT Oman 8.00am New Year’s Eve celebrations on board 10.00pm

2019 JAN 1/2 Cruising the Arabian Sea JAN 3

PORBANDAR India (Sightseeing by tuk-tuk)

JAN 4

Cruising the Arabian Sea

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JAN 5

MUMBAI India

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MUMBAI/JAIPUR India Disembark and fly to Jaipur

hotel

JAIPUR India

hotel hotel

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overnight

JAN 7

DEC 16

SUEZ (Ain Sokhna) Egypt (St Anthony & St Paul’s Monasteries) 8.00pm

JAN 8

JAIPUR/AGRA India Drive to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri

DEC 17

Cruising the Red Sea

JAN 9

DEC 18

AQABA Jordan (Petra)

AGRA/DELHI India (Taj Mahal/Agra Fort) Afternoon drive from Agra to Delhi hotel

DEC 19

AQABA Jordan

JAN 10

DELHI India

DEC 20

SAFAGA/LUXOR Egypt Disembark and drive to Luxor for afternoon sightseeing to Karnak and hotel stay hotel

JAN 11

DELHI India Transfer to Delhi Airport for flight home

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CLassiCaL atheNs aNd the woNders oF Cairo Your three-night hotel stay in Athens includes a full morning’s guided tour of the Acropolis, plus a full-day excursion to ancient Mycenae and Epidaurus. You will also have free time to explore the city’s other remarkable sites before boarding Aegean Odyssey in nearby Piraeus. After crossing the Mediterranean and transiting the Suez Canal, you will head for the Egyptian capital of Cairo. Included sightseeing here features all the main sites including the Giza pyramid complex – the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and the only one still largely intact, plus the enigmatic Sphinx, the Egyptian Museum and the death mask of Tutankhamen, followed by Memphis and the necropolis at Sakkara. You’ll also enjoy a very special visit to St Anthony and St Paul’s monasteries.


VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS • 3-night hotel stay in Athens with visits to the Acropolis, Mycenae and Epidaurus • Daytime transit of the Suez Canal

Greece Athens Jordan Suez Petra Cairo Aqaba Safaga Delhi Muscat Jaipur Agra Luxor EGYPT Oman Porbandar INDIA Mumbai Salalah

• 2-night hotel stay in Cairo to visit the Pyramid of Cheops and the Sphinx • Full day tour to Petra in Jordan • 2-night hotel stay in Luxor to visit Karnak Temple and Valley of the Kings • Christmas & New Year celebrations on board

Indian Ocean

• Overnight in Mumbai, the Gateway to India • 5-night Golden Triangle land tour to Jaipur, Delhi, Agra and the Taj Mahal • For details of on-board activities during days at sea, see page 41

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anCIent CIVILIzatIons oF jordan, upper egYpt and oMan

BIrtHpLaCe oF a Hero and tHe gatewaY to IndIa

jaIpur, agra and deLHI – tHe goLden trIangLe

Your first glimpse of rose-red Petra is one you will never forget, as you emerge from the mile-long path winding between two cliffs and stand in front of the impressive colonnaded Treasury. From Safaga, you travel overland to Luxor on the Nile where highlights include the temple of Karnak and tombs of the pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings during your two-night hotel stay.

Mohandas Gandhi was born on October 2nd, 1869 in Porbandar, where his father, uncle and grandfather had all been prime ministers to the Jethwa Rajput rulers of the princely state. The site of Gandhi’s birth, Kirti Mandir, is now a museum.

Popularly known as the Pink City, Jaipur is a city of palaces built from rose-colored stone. Here you will see the opulent Maharaja’s City Palace, the magnificent Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), and the lavish Amber Fort.

Mumbai was made the headquarters of the British East India Company in 1687, but it was the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 that transformed the city into one of the world’s great trading centers. Your tour will visit all the main sights including Mani Bhavan, a museum that was once the residence of Mahatma Gandhi, the Victorian monuments of the British Empire, the Prince of Wales Museum, and the Gateway of India.

One of the most important cities in India under the Mughals, Agra witnessed a great deal of ambitious building activity. Babar, founder of the Mughal dynasty, laid out the first formal Persian garden while Shah Jahan gave Agra its most prized monument, the Taj Mahal.

Salalah is a city of antiquity boasting the ruins of Sumharam and the Tomb of Job. The sixteenth century Portuguese admiral Albuquerque described Oman’s capital of Muscat as “very elegant,” which still holds true today. The old town is dominated by two great stone forts, Al Jalali and Al Mirani, and on the waterfront stands the imposing Sultan's palace.

Delhi’s Old City has the immense Jama Masjid (Great Mosque), the Red Fort and Raj Ghat, where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. Here you will also walk along the imperial mall, Rajpath, to the mighty India Gate.

renowned guest speakers Dr David Crilly Theater Director, Conductor & Composer Having degrees in Music, a Masters in Drama and Theater Studies and a doctorate in the philosophy of art from Oxford, for the past thirty years David has been Artistic Director of the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. He will give talks on the music and cultures of India, Oman, Jordan and use his knowledge of Shakespeare's plays to explore the real Antony and Cleopatra. Professor Thomas G Fraser MBE Emeritus Professor, Ulster University Born and raised in Scotland with an MA in Medieval and Modern History, Tom moved to the London School of Economics for his doctoral work in International History. His teaching specialized in the modern history of the Middle East and India. He is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and was Provost at the University of Ulster.

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Owner’s Suite/Balcony

FULL FARE

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$19,750 $16,750

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Junior Suite/Balcony

18,295

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15,695

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11,595

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12,995

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I

Premium Outside

11,695

9,695

J

Standard Outside

10,995

9,195

K

Premium Inside

10,350

8,750

L

Premium Inside

9,750

8,150

M

Standard Inside

8,995

7,595

Prices above are per person in US$ based on double occupancy. All Saver Fares are capacity controlled and subject to change at any time. See pages 48-51 for general information and terms and conditions, and details of low-cost round trip air add-ons. Low Single Cabin Saver Fares start at $10,150. Ask for full details.

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new Year VoYage

golden triangle to the strait of malacca

JANUARY 1, 2019 DELHI TO SINGAPORE

the

2019

PORT

THIS INCREDIBLE CRUISE BEGINS WITH A FIVE-NIGHT LAND TOUR TO THREE OF THE MOST FASCINATING,

JAN 1

Depart USA/Canada

JAN 2

DELHI India Arrive and transfer to hotel

hotel

JAN 3

DELHI India

hotel

EXOTIC AND BEAUTIFUL CITIES

JAN 4

DELHI/AGRA India Morning drive from Delhi to Agra Afternoon visit to Agra Fort

JAN 5

AGRA/JAIPUR India Morning visit to Taj Mahal Afternoon drive from Agra via Fatehpur Sikri to Jaipur

hotel

JAN 6

JAIPUR India

hotel

JAN 7

JAIPUR/MUMBAI India Fly to Mumbai Mumbai city sightseeing before embarkation on Aegean Odyssey

– JAIPUR, AGRA AND DELHI – KNOWN AS INDIA’S GOLDEN TRIANGLE. THEN JOIN AEGEAN ODYSSEY IN MUMBAI AND SAIL TO THE MALDIVES, SRI LANKA, THE MALABAR COAST AND THE MALAY PENINSULA.

IN THE WORLD

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JAN 8

ARRIVE

DEPART

JAN 18

hotel

10.00pm

Cruising the Arabian Sea

JAN 9

MARMAGAO (Goa) India

JAN 10

Cruising the Arabian Sea

JAN 11

COCHIN Kerala, India

JAN 12

Cruising the Indian Ocean

8.00am

8.00pm

8.00am

8.00pm

JAN 13

MALDIVES (Beach Barbecue) 8.00am

3.00pm

JAN 14

Cruising the Indian Ocean

JAN 15

COLOMBO Sri Lanka 8.00am (Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage) overnight

JAN 16

COLOMBO Sri Lanka

JAN 17

Cruising the Indian Ocean

TRINCOMALEE Sri Lanka

8.00am

8.00pm

JAN 19/20 Cruising the Indian Ocean JAN 21

PORT BLAIR Andaman Islands

JAN 22

Cruising the Andaman Sea

JAN 23

PHUKET Thailand 8.00am (Phi Phi Islands or Phang Nga)

JAN 24

Cruising the Strait of Malacca

JAN 25

PORT KELANG Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)

8.00am 7.00pm

8.00pm

8.00am 2.00pm

JAN 26

SINGAPORE 8.00am Disembark and transfer to hotel

hotel

JAN 27

SINGAPORE

hotel

JAN 28

SINGAPORE Transfer to Singapore Airport for flight home AEG190107GT

deLHI, agra and jaIpur – tHe goLden trIangLe Visit Delhi’s Old City and the immense Jama Masjid (Great Mosque). See the famous Red Fort, and Raj Ghat where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. Walk along the imperial mall, Rajpath, to the mighty arch of India Gate. One of the most important cities in India under the Mughals, Agra witnessed a great deal of ambitious building activity. Babar, founder of the Mughal dynasty, laid out the first formal Persian garden while Shah Jahan gave Agra its most prized monument, the Taj Mahal. Popularly known as the Pink City, Jaipur is a city of palaces built from rose-colored stone. Here you will see the opulent Maharaja’s City Palace, the magnificent Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) and visit the lavish Amber Fort.

6.00pm Please note: For guests using Voyages to Antiquity's air program, flights may depart one day earlier due to air schedules.

Award-winning journeys ~ unique experiences ~ outstanding value...


VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS • 5-night Golden Triangle land tour to Jaipur, Delhi, Agra and the Taj Mahal

Delhi Jaipur Agra

• Old Goa on the Malabar Coast • The palaces of the Raj in historic Cochin • Barbecue on a “desert island” in the tropical Maldives • Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka • The sacred sites of ancient Trincomalee • Phuket and the stunning Phi Phi Islands in Thailand • 2-night hotel stay in vibrant Singapore • For details of on-board activities during days at sea, see page 41

Mumbai India Marmagao

Andaman Islands Port Blair

Cochin Trincomalee Colombo Sri Maldives Lanka

Phuket Thailand

Port Kelang MALAYSIA Singapore

Indian Ocean

BOOK EARLY

save up to

$6,000†

28 days from $7,250pp including 14 excursions and 7 nights hotel accommodation

per cabin

BustLIng MuMBaI and tHe MaLaBar Coast

IndIan oCean IsLands – tHe MaLdIVes and srI Lanka

Your tour will visit all the main sights of Mumbai including Mani Bhavan, a museum that was once the residence of Mahatma Gandhi, the Victorian monuments of the British Empire, the Prince of Wales Museum, and the Gateway of India.

After cruising the Indian Ocean to the Maldives, spend the day relaxing on everyone’s idea of a tropical desert island, before sailing to Colombo in Sri Lanka. This historic city hasn’t lost its charm, as will be apparent in the colorful Pettah Bazaar and Kelaniya Buddhist temple. Passing through Sri Lanka’s stunning hillcountry you will visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, or perhaps head for the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kandy. Then, on the other side of the island, Trincomalee is a city sacred to Hindus across the world.

Old Goa, founded by the Portuguese, is home to historic buildings dating back to the middle of the 16th century, including the Basilica of Bom Jesus. Cochin in the State of Kerala has a remarkable history, including the oldest church in India and palaces from the days of the Raj. It was here that the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama died and was entombed before being disinterred to Portugal in 1538.

reMote andaMan IsLands and tHaILand The capital of the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal, Port Blair, is home to key historic monuments and museums dating from its time as an

important British naval base. From Phuket, a local boat will take you to either the natural wonders of the Phi Phi Islands or the bay of Phang Nga, which has some needle-like islands that may be familiar to James Bond fans.

MaLaYsIa and sIngapore – CItY oF LIons From Port Kelang you will travel to Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, where the iconic Petronas Towers were the world’s tallest buildings from 1998 to 2004. When Sir Stamford Raffles first identified Singapore as the perfect port for trade in 1819, he persuaded Sultan Hussein to cede it to the British. Singapore’s fortunes flourished until it fell to the Japanese in World War II, but after post-war independence, the energy and dynamism of its population have created one of the great modern cities of Asia.

renowned guest speakers Rev Dr Judith Brown University of Oxford Judith is the recently retired Professor of Commonwealth History at the University of Oxford and an emeritus Professorial Fellow of Balliol College. Her academic writing focuses on modern India, particularly the careers of M.K. Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. She has also written on the modern diaspora from South Asia. Judith is an Anglican Priest, officiating at Balliol Chapel. Major General Stephen Carr-Smith British Army, Retired Military historian Stephen spent 33 years in the Army. His last appointment was as the Deputy Director General of the NATO Communications Agency in Brussels. He was the President of the Stragglers of Asia Cricket Club, with its origins in the Punjab in the 1920s, and led tours to Sri Lanka and India.

STATEROOM CATEGORY

FULL FARE

SAVER FARE

A

Owner’s Suite/Balcony

$16,995 $14,495

B

Junior Suite/Balcony

15,950

13,450

C

Deluxe Stateroom/Balcony

14,450

12,250

D

Deluxe Stateroom/Balcony

13,750

11,550

E

Deluxe Stateroom/Outside

12,795

10,795

F

Deluxe Stateroom/Outside

12,350

10,350

G

Premium Outside

11,650

9,750

H

Premium Outside

10,995

9,195

I

Premium Outside

10,550

8,950

J

Standard Outside

9,995

8,395

K

Premium Inside

9,350

7,950

L

Premium Inside

8,995

7,595

M

Standard Inside

8,550

7,250

Prices above are per person in US$ based on double occupancy. All Saver Fares are capacity controlled and subject to change at any time. See pages 48-51 for general information and terms and conditions, and details of low-cost round air add-ons. Low Single Cabin Saver Fares start at $8,695. Ask for full details.

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beyond burma & the Malay peninsula JANUARY 22, 2019 SINGAPORE TO COLOMBO

2019

TRAVEL BACK IN TIME TO THE DAYS OF OLD ASIA ON THIS FASCINATING JOURNEY FROM COLONIAL SINGAPORE TO MALAYSIA AND THAILAND. THEN SAIL THE YANGON RIVER INTO THE HEART OF BURMA FOR THREE DAYS IN THE CITY ONCE KNOWN AS

RANGOON. FINALLY, DISCOVER SRI LANKA’S EXTRAORDINARY PAST IN COLOMBO.

PORT

ARRIVE

siNgapore – CitY oF LioNs

DEPART

JAN 22

Depart USA/Canada

JAN 31/FEB 1 Cruising the Andaman Sea

JAN 23

En route to Singapore

JAN 24

FEB 2

SINGAPORE Arrive and transfer to hotel

hotel

YANGON Burma (Shwedagon Pagoda)

JAN 25

YANGON Burma (Scott’s Market)

overnight

SINGAPORE

hotel

FEB 3

JAN 26

FEB 4

YANGON Burma

6.00pm

SINGAPORE Embark Aegean Odyssey

7.00pm

FEB 5

Cruising the Andaman Sea

8.00am 8.00pm

FEB 6

PORT BLAIR Andaman Islands 8.00am 8.00pm

JAN 27

MALACCA Malaysia

JAN 28

Cruising the Strait of Malacca

JAN 29

PENANG Malaysia (Georgetown)

JAN 30

8.00am overnight

FEB 7-9 Cruising the Indian Ocean 8.00am

FEB 10

COLOMBO Sri Lanka 7.00am (Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage) overnight

FEB 11

COLOMBO Sri Lanka Transfer to Colombo Airport for flight home

2.00pm

PHUKET Thailand 8.00am (Phi Phi Islands or Phang Nga) 6.00pm

AEG190126

Optional visit to Mandalay or Bagan, see page 35

Your journey begins with a two-night hotel stay in Singapore, one of the great cities of Asia. A fascinating tour here will explore its modern and ancient history, giving you an insight into the energy and dynamism of the people and how this island-state has transformed itself since post-war independence.

eXotiC maLaYsia aNd thaiLaNd In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries Malacca, the ‘historic state’ of Malaysia, was the center of the Malay world. In 1511 it fell to the Portuguese after which centuries of multinational colonization heavily influenced its architecture. Here you will tour the main colonial sites, including the ruined Portuguese fort “A Famosa,” St Paul’s Church and Dutch Square. Penang was part of the Malay sultanate until 1786, when Captain Francis

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Please note: Depending on your departure city, your flight may depart on January 23rd, to arrive in Singapore on January 24th.

Award-winning journeys ~ unique experiences ~ outstanding value...


VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS • 2-night hotel stay in vibrant Singapore • Historic Malacca, former center of the spice trade • The colonial architecture of Penang • Phuket and the stunning Phi Phi Islands in Thailand • 3 days in Yangon, formerly Rangoon, in Burma

Burma Yangon Andaman Islands Port Blair Sri Lanka Colombo

Malacca Thailand Phuket Penang Strait

• The British legacy of the Andaman Islands

MALAYSIA

Malacca Singapore

• Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka • For details of on-board activities during days at sea, see page 41 BOOK EARLY

save up to

$4,000†

21 days from $4,795pp including 8 excursions and 2 nights hotel accommodation

per cabin

Light managed to have the island ceded to the British East India Company. Here you will spend the morning exploring the well-preserved colonial core of its capital, Georgetown (so named after King George III), Fort Cornwallis, and the huge reclining Buddha and museum. Although it is a popular resort, Phuket has retained much of its culture and charm. From here, a local boat will take you to the natural wonders of the Phi Phi Islands or the bay of Phang Nga, which has some needlelike islands that may be familiar to James Bond fans.

are just some of the experiences that will greet you in Myanmar (Burma). During your time here, Aegean Odyssey will be berthed in the heart of Yangon (Rangoon), so you will have plenty of time to explore this remarkable city and even take the opportunity of a full-day optional excursion by air to either Mandalay or Bagan. A highlight of your Yangon sightseeing is the awe-inspiring 320-foot-high Shwedagon Pagoda – a stupa covered in genuine gold plates that have been donated by Myanmar people from all over the country. Also featured is a visit to Scott’s Market.

Burma – LaNd oF goLdeN tempLes

the aNdamaN isLaNds aNd sri LaNka

Gentle people, monumental golden statues, landscapes dotted with sacred stupas (Buddhist holy monuments), and a sense of traveling back in time

Situated in the Bay of Bengal between India and Burma, the Andaman Islands were an important British naval base and penal colony. Port Blair is the capital of the islands

and is home to the Andaman's key historic monuments and museums. You will then end your journey with an overnight stay in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, featuring a visit to the Pettah Bazaar and the Kelaniya Buddhist temple. Alternatively, you can head for the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage or the hill-town of Kandy and the Temple of the Tooth, containing the famous dental relic of the Buddha.

reNowNed guest speakers Professor Robert H. Taylor Author and Editor Born and educated in the United States, Bob has taught Southeast Asian politics at universities in Sydney, Hong Kong and London. He was Vice Chancellor of the University of Buckingham and is one of the very few Western social scientists to live in Myanmar, then Burma, in the 1970s and 1980s and has visited the country almost every year since 1975. Robert A. E. Gordon President of the BritainBurma Society Robert is a recently retired British diplomat, whose speciality is Burma, where he was British Ambassador from 1995-99. He is currently President of the Britain-Burma Society. He played a key role in Aung San Suu Kyi’s historic visit to the UK in June 2012. Robert has an MA in Modern Languages from Magdalen College, Oxford.

STATEROOM CATEGORY

FULL FARE

SAVER FARE

A

Owner’s Suite/Balcony

B

Junior Suite/Balcony

11,750

C

Deluxe Stateroom/Balcony

10,495

8,995

D

Deluxe Stateroom/Balcony

9,995

8,495

E

Deluxe Stateroom/Outside

9,250

7,850

$12,750 $10,750 9,995

F

Deluxe Stateroom/Outside

8,895

7,495

G

Premium Outside

8,350

7,150

H

Premium Outside

7,895

6,695

I

Premium Outside

7,395

6,295

J

Standard Outside

6,950

5,950

K

Premium Inside

6,495

5,495

L

Premium Inside

5,895

4,995

M

Standard Inside

5,595

4,795

Prices above are per person in US$ based on double occupancy. All Saver Fares are capacity controlled and subject to change at any time. See pages 48-51 for general information and terms and conditions, and details of low-cost round trip air add-ons. Low Single Cabin Saver Fares start at $5,650. Ask for full details.

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Search for the Big Five on an included safari in South Africa


SOUTHERN AFRICA & THE INDIAN OCEAN FROM THE SPIRITUAL WONDERS OF SRI LANKA TO THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF THE SEYCHELLES, THE

MALDIVES AND MAURITIUS, THE

INDIAN OCEAN HAS IT ALL. IN SOUTH AFRICA, YOU’LL EXPERIENCE EXHILARATING WILDLIFE SAFARIS AND HAVE PLENTY OF TIME IN

CAPE TOWN, TO FULLY APPRECIATE THIS EXCITING CITY AT THE FOOT OF SPECTACULAR

TABLE MOUNTAIN.

WITH THESE THREE CRUISES YOU CAN ALSO EXPERIENCE

VTA UNIQUE EXCLUSIVE VOYAGES

IN SEARCH OF THE BIG FIVE ON INCLUDED SOUTH AFRICAN SAFARIS Elephant, lion, black rhino, buffalo and leopard – here is an amazing opportunity to see the magnificent wildlife of the African savannah. The first of the following voyages includes visits to these game reserves: HLUHLUWE GAME RESERVE Perhaps the main attraction of Hluhluwe is its population of rare white rhinos, a species increasingly under threat of extinction due to poaching for the Chinese medicine trade. In this reserve you are also likely to spot cheetah, giraffe and leopard. ST LUCIA NATURE RESERVE Here you will enjoy a safari with a difference as you swap the usual Land Rover for a boat and take to the waters of Lake St Lucia. This is home to the greatest population of crocodiles and hippos in South Africa. Lake St Lucia is also a paradise for birdwatchers. PORT ELIZABETH PRIVATE GAME RESERVE A unique wildlife safari experience in one of two stunning private game reserves: either Lalibela or Pumba. Both span five ecosystems and offer the same huge range of flora and majestic Big Game to spot as you explore thousands of acres of the finest bushveld in South Africa’s Eastern Cape.

AFRICA’S SKELETON COAST, LUANDA IN ANGOLA, THE SOUKS OF

MOROCCO, AND THE HISTORIC RUINS OF SICILY, SANTORINI AND

CRETE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN.

OPTIONAL SAFARIS & EXCURSIONS

book early & save

Please see pages 35-37 for details of our 2-night optional excursion along the Garden Route and overnight private game reserves. Please note that wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.

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islands of the indian Ocean & south africa FEBRUARY 10, 2019 COLOMBO TO CAPE TOWN

CRUISE THE INDIAN OCEAN FROM THE LUSH TEA PLANTATIONS OF

SRI LANKA TO THE CRYSTAL-CLEAR WATERS OF THE MALDIVES, THE SEYCHELLES AND MAURITIUS. YOUR SAFARI ADVENTURE THEN BEGINS IN THE BIG GAME RESERVES OF SOUTH

AFRICA BEFORE

CULMINATING WITH THREE NIGHTS IN HISTORIC

CAPE TOWN, NESTLED TABLE MOUNTAIN.

AT THE FOOT OF

2019

PORT

FEB 10

Depart USA/Canada

FEB 11

COLOMBO Sri Lanka Arrive and transfer to Aegean Odyssey overnight

FEB 12

COLOMBO Sri Lanka (Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage)

FEB 13

Cruising the Indian Ocean

FEB 14

MALDIVES (Beach Barbecue)

ARRIVE

MAR 7

10.00pm

8.00pm

FEB 15-18 Cruising the Indian Ocean Cross the Equator FEB 19

MAHE Seychelles

7.00am overnight

FEB 20

MAHE Seychelles

6.00pm

FEB 21-23 Cruising the Indian Ocean FEB 24

PORT LOUIS Mauritius

8.00am overnight

FEB 25

PORT LOUIS Mauritius

8.00pm

FEB 26

ST DENIS Reunion

PORT ELIZABETH South Africa (Private Game Reserve)

8.00am overnight

MAR 8

PORT ELIZABETH South Africa

MAR 9

Cruising the Indian Ocean

MAR 10

CAPE TOWN South Africa (Table Mountain)

MAR 11

CAPE TOWN South Africa (Stellenbosch and wine tasting)

overnight

MAR 12

CAPE TOWN South Africa

overnight

MAR 13

CAPE TOWN South Africa Disembark and transfer to Cape Town Airport for flight home

noon

8.00am

sri LaNka – pearL oF the iNdiaN oCeaN

DEPART

7.00pm

8.00am overnight

AEG190211

tropiCaL isLaNds – paradise oN earth

2.00pm

FEB 27-MAR 2 Cruising the Indian Ocean MAR 3

RICHARDS BAY South Africa 7.00am (Hluhluwe Game Reserve) overnight

MAR 4

RICHARDS BAY South Africa (St Lucia Nature Reserve)

MAR 5

DURBAN South Africa (Pietermaritzburg)

MAR 6

Cruising the Indian Ocean

10.00pm 8.00am 8.00pm

A jewel of an island, Sri Lanka offers a unique combination of scenery, culture and history. Colombo is a thriving modern city but has not lost its Old-World charm, spiritual heart or historical interest, as will become apparent when you see the Kelaniya Buddhist temple. Alternatively, you can head out of town to hill-top Kandy or the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

Please note: For guests using Voyages to Antiquity's air program, flights may depart one day earlier due to air schedules.

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Award-winning journeys ~ unique experiences ~ outstanding value...

After cruising the Maldives, drop anchor and spend the afteroon enjoying a beach barbecue and party on a true desert island. Exotic trees edge the border of more, white sandy waterfronts on the beautiful Seychelles islands, where a trip to the Marine National Park reveals the beauty of the coral reef. A paradise for naturalists,


VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS • Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka Sri Lanka

• Beach barbecue on a “desert island” in the tropical Maldives • The beauty of the Seychelles coral reef

Colombo

Equator

Maldives

• Search for Big Game on two included safaris in South Africa

Mahe

Reunion

• 3 nights in Cape Town

Seychelles

Indian Ocean

St Denis Port Louis

• Cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain • Wine tasting in the Stellenbosch Valley • For details of on-board activities during days at sea, see page 41

South Africa

Cape Town

Mauritius

Richards Bay Durban Port Elizabeth

BOOK EARLY

save up to

$4,000†

32 days from $7,950pp including 11 excursions and wildlife safaris

per cabin

the Seychelles are home to some of the greatest variety of flora and fauna in the world. Victoria, the capital of granite-peaked Mahe, is a town of tin roofs and broad verandas that is full of quaint, ramshackle charm. The capital of Mauritius, Port Louis, has plenty of cultural and historical treasures, including the nineteenth century Fort Adelaide. Saint-Denis on Reunion Island has many more architectural gems relating to its place as an official region of France, including the nineteenth century Roman Catholic cathedral and the Musee de Leon Dierx, housing works by Gauguin, Matisse and Renoir.

oN saFari: LaNd oF LioN, eLephaNt aNd Leopard The Hluhluwe Game Reserve is the first of your big game safari parks and offers the chance to get close to many beautiful species, including its standout population of rare white

rhinos. A different experience awaits at St Lucia Wetland Reserve, which boasts an incredible variety of birdlife as you cruise the lake in search of hippos and crocodiles.

the hills of Kwazulu Natal to Pietermaritzburg, where you will visit the Natal Museum and learn more about the famous incident with Mahatma Ghandi in 1893.

Exactly what is seen on a game drive varies day-to-day and there are no guarantees, but the sights are always spectacular and on your last day at a private reserve in Port Elizabeth, the aim will be to ensure you’ve managed to spot as many of the Big Five game – lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant and buffalo – as possible. Optional overnight excursions to private game parks are also available from Richards Bay and Port Elizabeth, as well as a 2-night journey along the famous Garden Route – see pages 35-37 for details.

a taste oF Cape towN

In between your safari experiences, you will also have the chance to explore the Zulu history of Durban. A tour here will take you through

Set against the backdrop of Table Mountain next to Table Bay, the beauty of Cape Town never ceases to take the breath away, but this buzzing city is also famous for its modern culture and rich history. Your stay here will include a cable car ride up Table Mountain, and a trip out of town to the Stellenbosch Valley to enjoy some wine tasting. Any spare time is easily filled in this charming and fascinating place, where it’s also worth visiting cultivated areas such as the famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

reNowNed guest speakers Nancy Gilchrist Master of Wine After studying at Cambridge, Nancy lived in Washington DC where she ran a wine bar close to the White House, later becoming wine columnist for The Boston Globe. Returning to England, she ran Grants of St James's School of Wine before leaving to work as a freelance wine educator and becoming a Master of Wine in 1995. She has a home in South Africa and is an expert on its wines. Prof Chris Stringer Paleoanthropologist & Research Leader in Human Origins, Natural History Museum London Chris has worked at The Natural History Museum since 1973, and is now Research Leader in Human Origins and a Fellow of the Royal Society. Through his work on the ‘Recent African Origin’ theory of modern human origins, he now collaborates with archaeologists, dating specialists, and geneticists in attempting to reconstruct the evolution of modern humans globally. He is a regular contributor to news items on human evolution.

STATEROOM CATEGORY

FULL FARE

SAVER FARE

A

Owner’s Suite/Balcony

$22,950 $19,450

B

Junior Suite/Balcony

20,950

C

Deluxe Stateroom/Balcony

18,595

15,695

D

Deluxe Stateroom/Balcony

17,595

14,895

E

Deluxe Stateroom/Outside

16,250

13,750

F

Deluxe Stateroom/Outside

15,395

12,995

G

Premium Outside

14,395

12,195

H

Premium Outside

13,495

11,395

I

Premium Outside

12,595

10,595

17,695

J

Standard Outside

11,750

9,850

K

Premium Inside

10,850

9,150

L

Premium Inside

10,150

8,450

M

Standard Inside

9,450

7,950

Prices above are per person in US$ based on double occupancy. All Saver Fares are capacity controlled and subject to change at any time. See pages 48-51 for general information and terms and conditions, and details of low-cost round trip air add-ons. Low Single Cabin Saver Fares start at $8,495. Ask for full details.

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South africa, Namibia & the skeleton coast MARCH 12, 2019 CAPE TOWN TO MALAGA

THIS REMARKABLE JOURNEY TAKES YOU FROM THE SUMMER SUNSHINE

CAPE TOWN TO THE WILD SOUTH ATLANTIC COAST OF NAMIBIA

OF

2019

MOROCCO. CELEBRATE THE

ARRIVE

Depart USA/Canada

MAR 24

MAR 13

CAPE TOWN South Africa Arrive and transfer to Aegean Odyssey

MAR 25/26 Cruising the South Atlantic Ocean and Cross the Equator overnight

MAR 27

MAR 14

CAPE TOWN South Africa (Table Mountain)

overnight

MAR 28-APR 3 Cruising the Atlantic Ocean

CAPE TOWN South Africa (Stellenbosch and wine tasting)

overnight 6.00pm

MAR 15

MARITIME TRADITION OF CROSSING

MAR 16

CAPE TOWN South Africa

THE EQUATOR AND EXPLORE THE

MAR 17

Cruising the South Atlantic Ocean

MAR 18

LUDERITZ Namibia (Kolmanskop)

MAR 19

Cruising the South Atlantic Ocean

MAR 20

WALVIS BAY Namibia

8.00am overnight

MAR 21

WALVIS BAY Namibia (Sandwich Harbor)

2.00pm

HISTORIC ISLANDS OF IDYLLIC

BOM BOM, CAPE VERDE AND THE CANARIES.

historiC Cape towN

DEPART

MAR 12

AND THE ATMOSPHERIC SOUKS OF

PORT

8.00am 6.00pm

MAR 22/23 Cruising the South Atlantic Ocean

LUANDA Angola

BOM BOM ISLAND (Beach Party)

2.00pm

8.00pm

8.00am 8.00pm

APR 4

PRAIA Cape Verde Islands 8.00am

APR 5-7

Cruising the Atlantic Ocean

APR 8

LAS PALMAS Canary Islands

APR 9

Cruising the Atlantic Ocean

APR 10

AGADIR/MARRAKESH Morocco Drive from Agadir via Taroudant to Marrakesh for overnight hotel stay

APR 11

MARRAKESH/CASABLANCA Morocco Morning sightseeing in Marrakesh Afternoon drive to Casablanca to rejoin Aegean Odyssey

6.00pm

8.00am 10.00pm 8.00am

hotel

APR 12

TANGIER Morocco

APR 13

MALAGA Spain 6.00am Disembark Aegean Odyssey to conclude your voyages

1.00pm

10.00pm 8.00pm

AEG190313

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Please note: Guests using Voyages to Antiquity's air program may depart one day earlier due to air schedules, and will have an overnight hotel stay post-cruise before their flight home.

“To us on Robben Island, Table Mountain was a beacon of hope. It represented the mainland to which we knew we would one day return.” Nelson Mandela Your stay in Cape Town will include a cable car ride up Table Mountain as well as a trip out of town to the Stellenbosch Valley for some wine tasting. You’ll also have plenty of free time to visit the famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and Nelson Mandela’s cell on Robben Island.

skeLetoN Coast oF NamiBia aNd aNgoLa Your first port in Namibia is Luderitz, which was founded by the Bremen merchant Adolf Luderitz in 1883. A town full of history and charm, your walking tour here will take you to some remarkable German colonial architecture, including pieces in the


VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS • 3 nights on board in Cape Town • Cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain overlooking Cape Town • Wine tasting in the Stellenbosch Valley • Spectacular coastal landscape of Namibia • The Palacio de Ferro in Luanda designed by Gustav Eiffel • Cross the Equator on-board celebrations • Tropical beach life on exotic Bom Bom Island • Visit Morocco’s exotic cities and overnight in Marrakesh • For details of on-board activities during days at sea, see page 41

SPAIN

Malaga Casablanca Tangier Marrakesh Las Palmas Agadir

MOROCCO

canary islands

Praia

Cape verde Islands bom bom island

Atlantic Ocean

Equator Angola

Luanda

Namibia South Africa

Walvis Bay Luderitz

Cape Town

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$6,000†

33 days from $6,795pp including 10 excursions and 1 night hotel accommodation

per cabin

Art Nouveau style, and the Luderitz Museum, which tells the story of the town’s importance as a diamond port. Arriving in Walvis Bay, a short scenic drive with sand dunes on one side and the rolling Atlantic on the other takes you to the colonial town of Swakopmund. You will then return to the Walvis Bay Lagoon which is renowned for its marine and bird life. Once known as the “Paris of Africa,” Luanda has suffered a traumatic recent history, but this tour reveals a city beginning to regain its confidence. Among the highlights are the Palacio de Ferro, designed by Gustav Eiffel of Tower fame, the colonial suburb of Cidade Alta and the fascinating Angolan National Museum.

remote isLaNds oF the atLaNtiC oCeaN After crossing the equator, step ashore for a relaxing day of tropical beach life

at the exotically-named Principe Island resort of Bom Bom. Then, with a name meaning “beach” in Portuguese, Praia, the capital of Cape Verde on the island of Santiago, offers a great opportunity to “feel the flavor” of its many traditions. From here, a trip to the fort, cathedral and colonial houses in the old Portuguese capital of Cidade Velha provides an extra insight into the nation’s history. More well-known is the resort of Las Palmas on the island of Gran Canaria, but included sightseeing features the

volcanic crater of Bandama, the pilgrimage site of Teror – known as the “village in the air” and the town of Arucas with its House and Garden of the Marquesa.

moroCCo: agadir to taNgier Arriving at the Moroccan port of Agadir, you will drive through the fertile Souss Valley to the old Imperial City of Taroudant to explore the ancient souks of the medina. Later, the Atlas Mountains lead to the labyrinthine Old Quarter and Marjorelle Gardens of Marrakesh. Continuing onwards, rejoin Aegean Odyssey in Casablanca, then sail to Tangier for the lighthouse at Cape Spartel, the Kasbah Museum and a walk through the Kasbah itself. A short sail through the Strait of Gibraltar brings you to the Mediterranean city of Malaga in Spain.

reNowNed guest speakers Professor Joe Cartwright University of Oxford Joe is Professor of Earth Sciences at Oxford. His work as a geologist has taken him to many beautiful and remote places in both South Africa and Namibia, where he has explored for both oil and diamonds. Joe’s current research interests encompass the study of the processes leading to the breaking apart of continents to form oceans, focusing on the origins of the Atlantic Ocean. Peter Mawby Wildlife lecturer, ornithologist and research ecologist Whilst at Cambridge University, Peter was awarded a grant to extend his studies to Arctic Scandinavia. Such was his skill he received his license and has been ringing birds for over fifty years. He taught, finishing as Headmaster, at Lancaster Royal Grammar School. As an ornithologist and research ecologist when not lecturing Peter welcomes the opportunity to enhance passengers’ experiences of the wildlife around them.

STATEROOM CATEGORY

FULL FARE

SAVER FARE

A

Owner’s Suite/Balcony

$19,950 $16,950

B

Junior Suite/Balcony

17,950

15,250

C

Deluxe Stateroom/Balcony

15,850

13,550

D

Deluxe Stateroom/Balcony

14,950

12,650

E

Deluxe Stateroom/Outside

13,750

11,650

F

Deluxe Stateroom/Outside

13,095

10,995

G

Premium Outside

12,350

10,450

H

Premium Outside

11,550

9,750

I

Premium Outside

10,795

8,995

J

Standard Outside

9,995

8,395

K

Premium Inside

9,250

7,850

L

Premium Inside

8,550

7,250

M

Standard Inside

7,995

6,795

Prices above are per person in US$ based on double occupancy. All Saver Fares are capacity controlled and subject to change at any time. See pages 48-51 for general information and terms and conditions, and details of low-cost round trip air add-ons. Low Single Cabin Saver Fares start at $7,495. Ask for full details.

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classic civilizations of the southern mediterranean

APRIL 12, 2019 MALAGA TO ATHENS

THIS DELIGHTFUL SPRINGTIME VOYAGE ACROSS THE MEDITERRANEAN

2019

PORT

Depart USA/Canada

APR 21

MALAGA Spain Arrive and transfer to Aegean Odyssey 7.00pm

CHANIA Crete Greek Islands

9.00am

APR 13

APR 22

HERAKLION Crete Greek Islands (Knossos)

7.00am

APR 23

SANTORINI Greek Islands (Akrotiri)

8.00am

APR 24

PIRAEUS/ATHENS Greece 6.00am Disembark Aegean Odyssey and transfer to hotel in Athens

hotel hotel

MALTA, CRETE AND SANTORINI. VISIT THE MINOAN SETTLEMENTS OF AKROTIRI AND KNOSSOS, AND ENJOY A TWO-NIGHT HOTEL STAY IN ATHENS, FOR THE

APR 14/15 Cruising the Mediterranean

VERY BEST OF ITS CULTURAL AND HISTORIC SITES, INCLUDING THE

ACROPOLIS AND PARTHENON.

two reLaXiNg daYs at sea

DEPART

APR 12

TAKES IN THE ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS OF SICILY,

ARRIVE

APR 16

TRAPANI Sicily (Segesta or Erice)

noon

APR 17

PALERMO Sicily (Monreale Cathedral)

7.00am

APR 18

CATANIA Sicily (Syracuse or Taormina)

8.00am 7.00pm

APR 25

ATHENS Greece (Acropolis)

APR 19

VALLETTA Malta

7.00am 6.00pm

APR 26

APR 20

Cruising the Mediterranean

ATHENS Greece Transfer to Athens Airport for flight home

10.00pm 5.00pm

11.00pm midnight 6.00pm

AEG190413

Embarking in Malaga, Spain, you will be able to take advantage of the many facilities Aegean Odyssey has to offer. You can start the day with a yoga class or set yourself up with a leisurely breakfast. There are fascinating lectures to attend, a well-stocked library to browse, and a host of other on-board activities to enjoy as you cruise across the Mediterranean Sea.

siCiLY & maLta Noon arrival in the beautiful island of Sicily for a celebration of the highest achievements in Western civilization, featuring three ports in three days. From the port of Trapani, you can visit the Greek temples of Segesta, or there’s a more leisurely visit to the nearby hill-top town of Erice. Alternatively, take an optional full day tour to the ancient city of Selinunte

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VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS • The temple of Segesta in Sicily • The Norman Cathedral of Monreale • The ancient Greek theater of Taormina • The archaeological park of Syracuse • Enter the Grand Harbor of Valletta, Malta

spain

Mediterranean Sea Palermo

Malaga

• Chania town highlights • The clifftop village of Oia in Santorini and archaeological site of Akrotiri

Greece Athens Catania Trapani sicily Santorini Heraklion Valletta Chania Knossos malta crete

• Two-night hotel stay in Athens • Visit the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum in Athens

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15 days from $3,395pp including 8 excursions and 2 nights hotel accommodation

$2,600† per cabin

and the town of Marsala, built on the ruins of Carthaginian Lilybaeum. At the island’s capital, Palermo, you will see Monreale Cathedral, one of the most beautiful Norman churches in Italy, as well as the magnificent Roman and Arabesque synthesis of the Benedictine cloisters. Your final port-of-call in Sicily is Catania, for the magnificent Greek theater and archaeological museum of Syracuse, or you can choose to visit the Greek theater of Taormina, with Mount Etna as a backdrop.

One of the most wonderful sights in the Mediterranean is our arrival into the spectacular Grand Harbor of Valletta in Malta. Founded by the Knights of St John in 1566, the island’s capital boasts the Baroque St John’s Co-Cathedral and the magnificent Palace of the Grand Masters.

the greek isLaNds oF Crete & saNtoriNi Coastal Chania in Crete has a charming archaeological museum inside the Venetian church of San Francesco. It is also close to the tomb of the island’s national hero, Eleftherios Venizelos, who prior to becoming Prime Minister of Greece, was instrumental in the island’s struggle against the Ottomans. The heyday of Minoan civilization (2000-1600BC) was marked by the construction of many great palaces,

the best known being Knossos on the island of Crete. Excavations began here in 1899 by the British archaeologist, Sir Arthur Evans, who controversially “restored” the palace with his own eccentric ideas of Minoan interior design. From Crete, you’ll cruise to Santorini for the recently reopened Minoan settlement of Akrotiri. Dating from the sixteenth century BC, this ancient city was wonderfully preserved under volcanic ash. The island also has some stunning picture-postcard villages, including the whitewashed houses and famously blue-domed churches of Oia.

CLassiCaL atheNs After disembarking Aegean Odyssey in Piraeus, you will be transferred to your five-star hotel in Athens for a two-night stay that features the city’s most famous landmark, the

STATEROOM CATEGORY

Acropolis, representing the most magnificent achievements of Athenian culture during the “Golden Age” of 447-438BC. Alternatively, combine the Byzantine Museum and the Monastery of Kaisariani, with its fine frescoes and elegant gardens. There’s also the option of visiting the National Archaeological Museum.

reNowNed guest speakers To be announced. Please call for details.

FULL FARE

SAVER FARE

A

Owner’s Suite/Balcony

$8,295

$6,995

B

Junior Suite/Balcony

7,750

6,550

C

Deluxe Stateroom/Balcony

6,995

5,895

D

Deluxe Stateroom/Balcony

6,695

5,695

E

Deluxe Stateroom/Outside

6,150

5,250

F

Deluxe Stateroom/Outside

5,895

4,995

G

Premium Outside

5,550

4,750

H

Premium Outside

5,295

4,495

I

Premium Outside

4,995

4,195

J

Standard Outside

4,695

3,895

K

Premium Inside

4,450

3,750

L

Premium Inside

4,195

3,495

M

Standard Inside

3,995

3,395

Prices above are per person in US$ based on double occupancy. All Saver Fares are capacity controlled and subject to change at any time. See pages 48-51 for general information and terms and conditions, and details of low-cost round trip air add-ons. Low Single Cabin Saver Fares start at $3,995. Ask for full details.

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Experience more of the world with our combination

GRAND VOYAGES FLY FREE^

BY COMBINING TWO OR MORE VOYAGES TO

ANTIQUITY ITINERARIES INTO ONE

UNFORGETTABLE JOURNEY, YOU NOT ONLY EXPERIENCE EVEN MORE EXOTIC LANDSCAPES, PULSATING CITIES AND REMARKABLE CULTURES, BUT YOU WILL ALSO BENEFIT FROM TREMENDOUS VALUE WITH SPECIAL SAVER FARES, EXCLUSIVE ON-BOARD CREDITS AND

FREE ROUNDTRIP AIRFARE.^

WITH ALL YOUR CREATURE COMFORTS INCLUDED AS STANDARD, A GRAND VOYAGE AFFORDS AN INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF TIME FOR NEW ADVENTURES AND FOR RELAXING IN YOUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME.

YOU CAN EVEN CRUISE FROM EUROPE ALL THE WAY BACK TO EUROPE.

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Christmas & New Year VoYage

Athens Greece

Cairo Suez Petra Jordan Safaga Aqaba Luxor Muscat EGYPT

Delhi Agra Porbandar Oman Mumbai INDIA andaman islands Salalah Marmagao Port Blair Trincomalee Thailand Cochin Colombo Phuket MALDIVES Sri Port Kelang Lanka Singapore Malaysia

Indian Ocean

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save up to

grand empires & ancient civilizations DECEMBER 5, 2018 ATHENS TO SINGAPORE

2018

55 days from $10,450pp including 24 excursions and 11 nights hotel accommodation

A TRULY UNFORGETTABLE CRUISE THAT INCLUDES

Depart USA/Canada

DEC 6

ATHENS Greece Arrive and transfer to hotel

hotel

DEC 28

DEC 7

ATHENS Greece (Acropolis)

hotel

DEC 29/30 Cruising the Arabian Sea

DEC 8

ATHENS Greece (Mycenae and Epidaurus)

hotel

DEC 31

DEC 9

ATHENS/PIRAEUS Greece Embark Aegean Odyssey

DEC 23-27 Cruising the Red Sea Christmas celebrations on board

JAN 1/2

DEC 14

CAIRO Egypt (Pyramids)

THE ISLANDS OF THE

DEC 15

CAIRO Egypt Morning sightseeing to Memphis and Sakkara. Afternoon drive from Cairo to Ain Sokhna to rejoin ship overnight

JAN 3

PORBANDAR India

JAN 4

Cruising the Arabian Sea

SUEZ/CAIRO Egypt Disembark and drive to Cairo for afternoon sightseeing to the Egyptian Museum and hotel stay hotel

JAN 5

MUMBAI/DELHI India Morning sightseeing in Mumbai Afternoon flight to Delhi

DEC 17

Cruising the Red Sea

DEC 18/19 AQABA Jordan (Petra)

See individual cruises for included highlights and guest speakers.

Cruising the Arabian Sea

Daytime transit of Suez Canal

SUEZ (Ain Sokhna) Egypt

SAFAGA/LUXOR Egypt Disembark and drive to Luxor for afternoon sightseeing to Karnak and hotel stay

JAN 21

MUSCAT Oman New Year’s Eve celebrations on board

DEC 13

DEC 20

300

PLUS $ ON-BOARD CREDIT PER PERSON

JAN 6

hotel JAN 7

JAN 8 overnight

Cruising the Arabian Sea

JAN 9

MARMAGAO (Goa) India

JAN 10

Cruising the Arabian Sea

JAN 11

COCHIN Kerala, India

JAN 12

Cruising the Indian Ocean

hotel

JAN 13

MALDIVES (Beach Barbecue)

DEC 21

LUXOR Egypt (Valley of the Kings) hotel

JAN 14

Cruising the Indian Ocean

DEC 22

LUXOR/SAFAGA Egypt Drive to Safaga to rejoin ship

JAN 15/16 COLOMBO Sri Lanka JAN 17

hotel

DELHI/AGRA/DELHI India Full day excursion by train to Agra (Taj Mahal/Agra Fort) hotel DELHI/MUMBAI India Delhi sightseeing. Afternoon flight to Mumbai to rejoin ship

Cruising the Indian Ocean

STATEROOM CATEGORY

TRINCOMALEE Sri Lanka

JAN 19/20 Cruising the Indian Ocean

SALALAH Oman

DEC 12

DEC 16

JAN 18

2019

DEC 10/11 Cruising the Mediterranean Sea

INDIAN OCEAN, AS WELL AS CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS AT SEA.

per cabin

PORT

DEC 5

ATHENS, THE TREASURES OF INDIA, PETRA – A CITY CARVED INTO LIVING ROCK, PHARAONIC EGYPT, AND

CLASSICAL

$11,000† FLY FREE^

FULL FARE

SAVER FARE

A

Owner’s Suite/Balcony

$31,350 $25,850

Junior Suite/Balcony

28,950

PORT BLAIR Andaman Islands

JAN 22

Cruising the Andaman Sea

B

JAN 23

PHUKET Thailand (Phi Phi Islands or Phang Nga)

C

Deluxe Stateroom/Balcony

25,850

21,150

D

Deluxe Stateroom/Balcony

24,495

19,795

E

Deluxe Stateroom/Outside

22,295

17,995

JAN 24

Cruising the Strait of Malacca

JAN 25

PORT KELANG Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)

JAN 26

SINGAPORE Disembark and transfer to hotel

hotel

JAN 27

SINGAPORE

hotel

JAN 28

SINGAPORE Transfer to Singapore Airport for flight home AEG181209A

Grand Voyage Bonus Highlight

January 5-7, 2019 – enjoy an exclusive 3-day air/land-tour featuring sightseeing trips in Mumbai and Delhi and a rail journey to Agra to see the magnificent Taj Mahal.

23,695

F

Deluxe Stateroom/Outside

21,450

17,150

G

Premium Outside

19,895

15,995

H

Premium Outside

18,750

14,950

I

Premium Outside

17,595

13,995

J

Standard Outside

16,395

12,995

K

Premium Inside

15,295

12,295

L

Premium Inside

14,295

11,295

M

Standard Inside

13,150

10,450

Prices above are per person in US$ based on double occupancy. All Saver Fares are capacity controlled and subject to change at any time. See pages 48-51 for general information and terms and conditions, and details of free air offer. Low Single Cabin Saver Fares start at $14,250. Ask for full details.

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Burma Yangon Port Thailand Colombo Blair Phuket Penang Sri Lanka Malacca Maldives Singapore malaysia Seychelles Mahe

mauritius Reunion Port Louis St Denis South Africa Richards Bay Cape Town Port Durban Elizabeth

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save up to JANUARY 22, 2019 SINGAPORE TO CAPE TOWN

grand asia, indian Ocean & south africa 51 days from $10,550pp including 21 excursions and 4 nights hotel accommodation

A FANTASTIC VOYAGE FROM EXOTIC MALAYSIA AND BURMA TO THE TROPICAL PARADISES OF THE INDIAN OCEAN AND THE WONDERS OF SOUTH AFRICA, INCLUDING FANTASTIC SAFARIS AND HISTORIC

CAPE TOWN.

See individual cruises for included highlights and guest speakers. See pages 35-37 for optional safaris and excursions in South Africa and Burma.

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2019

PORT

JAN 22

Depart USA/Canada

JAN 23

En route to Singapore

JAN 24

SINGAPORE Arrive and transfer to hotel

hotel

JAN 25

SINGAPORE

hotel

JAN 26

SINGAPORE Embark Aegean Odyssey

JAN 27

MALACCA Malaysia

JAN 28

Cruising the Strait of Malacca

JAN 29 JAN 30

FEB 11

FEB 12

PENANG Malaysia (Georgetown) PHUKET Thailand (Phi Phi Islands or Phang Nga)

JAN 31/FEB 1 Cruising the Andaman Sea FEB 2 FEB 3

YANGON Burma (Shwedagon Pagoda) YANGON Burma (Scott’s Market)

FEB 13

overnight

KANDY/COLOMBO Sri Lanka Morning visit to Royal Botanical Gardens Rejoin ship in Colombo

hotel

.

Cruising the Indian Ocean

FEB 14

MALDIVES (Beach Barbecue)

FEB 15-18

Cruising the Indian Ocean (Cross the Equator)

FEB 19

MAHE Seychelles

FEB 20 overnight

NUWARA ELIYA/KANDY Sri Lanka Morning visit to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage Afternoon drive to Kandy for sightseeing and overnight

overnight

MAHE Seychelles

FEB 21-23

Cruising the Indian Ocean

FEB 24

PORT LOUIS Mauritius

FEB 25

PORT LOUIS Mauritius ST DENIS Reunion

YANGON Burma

FEB 26

FEB 5

Cruising the Andaman Sea

FEB 27-MAR 2 Cruising the Indian Ocean

FEB 6

PORT BLAIR Andaman Islands

MAR 3

RICHARDS BAY South Africa (Hluhluwe Game Reserve) overnight

MAR 4

RICHARDS BAY South Africa (St Lucia Nature Reserve)

MAR 5

DURBAN South Africa (Pietermaritzburg)

MAR 6

Cruising the Indian Ocean

Cruising the Indian Ocean

FEB 10

COLOMBO/NUWARA ELIYA Sri Lanka Morning visit to Tea Plantation Afternoon drive to Nuwara Eliya for sightseeing and overnight stay hotel

MAR 7

PORT ELIZABETH South Africa (Private Game Reserve) overnight

MAR 8

PORT ELIZABETH South Africa

MAR 9 MAR 10

300

PLUS $ ON-BOARD CREDIT PER PERSON

STATEROOM CATEGORY

FULL FARE

SAVER FARE

A

Owner’s Suite/Balcony

Cruising the Indian Ocean

B

Junior Suite/Balcony

29,595

24,590

CAPE TOWN South Africa (Table Mountain) overnight

C

Deluxe Stateroom/Balcony

26,195

21,795

MAR 11

CAPE TOWN South Africa (Cape Winelands) overnight

D

Deluxe Stateroom/Balcony

24,750

20,550

MAR 12

CAPE TOWN South Africa overnight

E

Deluxe Stateroom/Outside

22,795

18,895

F

Deluxe Stateroom/Outside

21,650

17,850

G

Premium Outside

20,150

16,750

H

Premium Outside

18,895

15,595

I

Premium Outside

17,550

14,450

MAR 13

CAPE TOWN South Africa Disembark and transfer to Cape Town Airport for flight home

AEG190126A Please note: Depending on your departure city, your flight may depart on January 23rd, to arrive in Singapore on January 24th.

overnight

FEB 4

FEB 7-9

$11,000† FLY FREE^ per cabin

Grand Voyage Bonus Highlight

February 10-12, 2019 – Exclusive land tour to Sri Lanka’s Nuwara Eliya and Kandy with two nights hotels as shown.

$32,450 $26,950

J

Standard Outside

16,295

13,395

K

Premium Inside

14,995

12,295

L

Premium Inside

13,795

11,195

M

Standard Inside

12,850

10,550

Prices above are per person in US$ based on double occupancy. All Saver Fares are capacity controlled and subject to change at any time. See pages 48-51 for general information and terms and conditions, and details of free air offer. Low Single Cabin Saver Fares start at $11,895. Ask for full details.


SPAIN Malaga Casablanca Tangier Marrakesh Las Palmas Agadir MOROCCO canary islands Praia

Cape verde Islands

bom bom island Luanda Angola

Burma Yangon Port Blair Colombo Thailand Phuket Sri Lanka Penang Malacca Maldives Singapore malaysia Seychelles Mahe

mauritius St Denis Port Louis Walvis Bay Namibia Reunion Luderitz Richards South Africa Bay Cape Town Port Durban Elizabeth

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$17,000† FLY FREE^ per cabin

grand asia & southern africa JANUARY 22, 2019 SINGAPORE TO MALAGA

2019

PORT

JAN 22

Depart USA/Canada

FEB 14

JAN 23

En route to Singapore

JAN 24

SINGAPORE Arrive and transfer to hotel

hotel

FEB 21-23

Cruising the Indian Ocean

JAN 25

SINGAPORE

hotel

FEB 24-25

PORT LOUIS Mauritius

CRUISE FROM THE DYNAMIC CITY OF SINGAPORE ON

JAN 26

SINGAPORE Embark Aegean Odyssey

FEB 26

ST DENIS Reunion

JAN 27

MALACCA Malaysia

FEB 27-MAR 2 Cruising the Indian Ocean

JAN 28

Cruising the Strait of Malacca

AN IMMERSIVE JOURNEY TO

JAN 29

PENANG Malaysia (Georgetown)

MALAYSIA AND THAILAND, BURMA AND SOUTH AFRICA,

JAN 30

PHUKET Thailand (Phi Phi Islands)

82 days from $13,750pp including 27 excursions and 5 nights hotel accommodation

THE ISLANDS OF THE

ATLANTIC AND THE MARVELS OF MOROCCO.

JAN 31/FEB 1 Cruising the Andaman Sea FEB 2/3

YANGON Burma

FEB 4

YANGON Burma

FEB 5

Cruising the Andaman Sea

FEB 6

PORT BLAIR Andaman Islands

FEB 7-9 FEB 10

See individual cruises for included highlights and guest speakers. See pages 35-37 for optional safaris and excursions in South Africa and Burma.

FEB 11

FEB 12

FEB 13

overnight

Cruising the Indian Ocean COLOMBO/NUWARA ELIYA Sri Lanka Morning visit to Tea Plantation Afternoon drive to Nuwara Eliya for sightseeing hotel NUWARA ELIYA/KANDY Sri Lanka (Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage) Afternoon drive to Kandy for sightseeing and overnight hotel KANDY/COLOMBO Sri Lanka Royal Botanical Gardens Rejoin ship in Colombo Cruising the Indian Ocean

.

500

PLUS $ ON-BOARD CREDIT PER PERSON

MALDIVES (Beach Barbecue)

MAR 25/26 Cruising the South Atlantic Ocean

FEB 15-18

Cruising the Indian Ocean

MAR 27

FEB 19-20

MAHE Seychelles

overnight overnight

BOM BOM ISLAND Beach Party

B

Junior Suite/Balcony

40,695

32,990

C

Deluxe Stateroom/Balcony

35,850

29,150

APR 8

LAS PALMAS Canary Islands

D

Deluxe Stateroom/Balcony

33,795

27,295

APR 9

Cruising the Atlantic Ocean

E

Deluxe Stateroom/Outside

30,950

24,950

F

Deluxe Stateroom/Outside

29,450

23,550

G

Premium Outside

27,450

22,150

H

Premium Outside

25,650

20,550

RICHARDS BAY South Africa

APR 11

MAR 5

DURBAN South Africa

MARRAKESH/CASABLANCA Morocco Marrakesh sightseeing Drive to Casablanca to rejoin ship

PORT ELIZABETH South Africa

MAR 9

Cruising the Indian Ocean

MAR 10

CAPE TOWN South Africa

overnight

MAR 11

CAPE TOWN South Africa

overnight

MAR 12-16

MAR 17

CAPE TOWN South Africa (Cape Peninsula, Botanical Gardens and Cheetah Outreach Project)

APR 12

TANGIER Morocco

I

Premium Outside

23,795

18,895

APR 13

MALAGA Spain Disembark Aegean Odyssey to conclude your voyage

J

Standard Outside

21,950

17,450

K

Premium Inside

20,250

16,150

L

Premium Inside

18,550

14,650

M

Standard Inside

17,250

13,750

Please note: Depending on your departure city, your AEG190126B flight may depart on January 23rd, to arrive in Singapore on January 24th. Guests using Voyages to Antiquity's air program will have an overnight hotel stay post-cruise before their flight home.

Grand Voyage Bonus Highlights

Cruising the South Atlantic Ocean

MAR 18

LUDERITZ Namibia (Kolmanskop)

MAR 19

Cruising the South Atlantic Ocean

MAR 20/21 WALVIS BAY Namibia MAR 22/23

Cruising the South Atlantic Ocean

MAR 24

LUANDA Angola

$44,950 $36,450

PRAIA Cape Verde Islands

MAR 4

MAR 8

Owner’s Suite/Balcony

Cruising the Atlantic Ocean

AGADIR/MARRAKESH Morocco Taroudant Drive to Marrakesh hotel

PORT ELIZABETH South Africa (Private Game Reserve) overnight

A

APR 5-7

APR 10

Cruising the Indian Ocean

SAVER FARE

APR 4

RICHARDS BAY South Africa (Hluhluwe Game Reserve) overnight

MAR 7

FULL FARE

MAR 28-APR 3 Cruising the Atlantic Ocean

MAR 3

MAR 6

STATEROOM CATEGORY

February 10-12 included land tour to Nuwara Eliya and Kandy. March 12-16 – Exclusive sightseeing excursions in Cape Town.

Prices above are per person in US$ based on double occupancy. All Saver Fares are capacity controlled and subject to change at any time. See pages 48-51 for general information and terms and conditions, and details of free air offer. Low Single Cabin Saver Fares start at $15,550. Ask for full details.

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SPAIN Malaga Casablanca Tangier Marrakesh Las Palmas Agadir MOROCCO canary islands Praia Cape verde Islands

Sri Lanka Colombo bom bom island Luanda Angola

Maldives Mahe Seychelles

mauritius St Denis Port Louis Reunion

Walvis Bay Namibia Luderitz Richards

South Africa Bay Cape Town Port Durban Elizabeth

BOOK EARLY

save up to FEBRUARY 10, 2019 COLOMBO TO MALAGA

grand indian ocean & southern africa 63 days from $12,295pp including 20 excursions and 1night hotel accommodation

JOURNEY FROM THE INDIAN OCEAN TO THE SAFARI PARKS OF SOUTH AFRICA, THE SPECTACULAR NAMIBIAN COAST, THE SUN-DRENCHED ISLANDS OF THE ATLANTIC AND THE KASBAHS OF MARRAKESH.

See individual cruises for included highlights and guest speakers. See pages 35-37 for optional South Africa safaris and Garden Route excursion.

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2019

PORT

FEB 10

Depart USA/Canada

FEB 11

COLOMBO Sri Lanka Arrive and transfer to Aegean Odyssey

MAR 11

CAPE TOWN South Africa (Cape Winelands) overnight

MAR 12-16

CAPE TOWN South Africa (Included excursions to Cape Peninsula, Botanical Gardens and Cheetah Outreach Project)

APR 12 APR 13

overnight

FEB 12

COLOMBO Sri Lanka (Pinnawala)

FEB 13

Cruising the Indian Ocean

MAR 17

FEB 14

Cruising the South Atlantic Ocean

MALDIVES (Beach Barbecue)

MAR 18

FEB 15-18

Cruising the Indian Ocean (Cross the Equator)

LUDERITZ Namibia (Kolmanskop)

FEB 19-20

MAHE Seychelles

FEB 21-23

Cruising the Indian Ocean

FEB 24-25

PORT LOUIS Mauritius

FEB 26

ST DENIS Reunion

overnight

MAR 19

Cruising the South Atlantic Ocean

MAR 20

WALVIS BAY Namibia

MAR 21 overnight

FEB 27-MAR 2 Cruising the Indian Ocean MAR 3

RICHARDS BAY South Africa (Hluhluwe Game Reserve) overnight

MAR 4

RICHARDS BAY South Africa (St Lucia Nature Reserve)

overnight

WALVIS BAY Namibia

MAR 22/23

Cruising the South Atlantic Ocean

MAR 24

LUANDA Angola

APR 11

$13,000† FLY FREE^ per cabin 500

PLUS $ ON-BOARD CREDIT PER PERSON

MARRAKESH/CASABLANCA Morocco Morning sightseeing in Marrakesh. Drive to Casablanca to rejoin ship

BOM BOM ISLAND Beach Party

Owner’s Suite/Balcony

$38,950 $32,450

Junior Suite/Balcony

35,450

29,495

TANGIER Morocco

C

Deluxe Stateroom/Balcony

31,195

25,995

MALAGA Spain Disembark Aegean Odyssey to conclude your voyage

D

Deluxe Stateroom/Balcony

29,395

24,395

E

Deluxe Stateroom/Outside

26,950

22,350

AEG190211A

Please note: Guests using Voyages to Antiquity's air program may depart one day earlier due to air schedules, and will have an overnight hotel stay post-cruise before their flight home.

Grand Voyage Bonus Highlight

F

Deluxe Stateroom/Outside

25,695

21,195

G

Premium Outside

23,850

19,750

H

Premium Outside

22,250

18,350

I

Premium Outside

20,695

16,895

J

Standard Outside

19,150

15,650

K

Premium Inside

17,550

14,450

Premium Inside

16,250

13,250

Standard Inside

14,995

12,295

MAR 5

MAR 28-APR 3 Cruising the Atlantic Ocean

DURBAN South Africa

APR 4

MAR 6

PRAIA Cape Verde Islands

Cruising the Indian Ocean

M

APR 5-7

MAR 7

Cruising the Atlantic Ocean

PORT ELIZABETH South Africa (Private Game Reserve) overnight

APR 8

LAS PALMAS Canary Islands

APR 9

Cruising the Atlantic Ocean

APR 10

AGADIR/MARRAKESH Morocco Drive from Agadir via Taroudant to Marrakesh for overnight hotel stay hotel

PORT ELIZABETH South Africa

MAR 9

Cruising the Indian Ocean

MAR 10

CAPE TOWN South Africa (Table Mountain) overnight

SAVER FARE

B

L

MAR 8

FULL FARE

A

MAR 25/26 Cruising the South Atlantic Ocean Cross the Equator MAR 27

STATEROOM CATEGORY

March 12-16, 2019 – Exclusive sightseeing to the Cape Peninsula, the Botanical Gardens and Cheetah Outreach Project.

Prices above are per person in US$ based on double occupancy. All Saver Fares are capacity controlled and subject to change at any time. See pages 48-51 for general information and terms and conditions, and details of free air offer. Low Single Cabin Saver Fares start at $13,550. Ask for full details.


SPAIN CANARY ISLANDS

MOROCCO

GREECE EGYPT JORDAN OMAN

CAPE VERDE ISLANDS

BOM BOM ISLAND

SRI LANKA

MALDIVES

THAILAND MALAYSI SINGAPORE

SEYCHELLES

ANGOLA

RESERVE YOUR stateroom FOR THE ULTIMATE JOURNEY

BURMA

INDIA

REUNION

NAMIBIA SOUTH AFRICA

MAURITIUS

BOOK EARLY

save up to DECEMBER 5, 2018 ATHENS TO MALAGA

the Grand odyssey A 130-day voyage across 3 continents – visiting 18 countries – with over 50 sites and excursions included in your cruise SAVER FARE from 22,750pp

Contact your travel professional or call Voyages to Antiquity for more details.

$28,000† per cabin

Combining all the voyages from Athens to Malaga into one incredible four-month journey, this promises to be the travel experience of a lifetime. Explore some of the most outstanding, must-see destinations in the world, from the Mediterranean to Asia, Africa and back to Europe. Enjoy Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations on board, delicious cuisine, comfortable cabins and friendly service every step of the way.

FLY FREE^ 750

PLUS $ ON-BOARD CREDIT PER PERSON

You’ll find all your creature comforts are included, with very few extras to pay for. Things like all meals (even wine with dinner), shore excursions in most ports, and an award-winning lecture program are all part of the price, as are tips for your cabin and restaurant staff. So make Aegean Odyssey your home away from home and let us take care of everything as we show you a very interesting world.

AEG181209D STATEROOM CATEGORY

FULL FARE

SAVER FARE

A

Owner’s Suite/Balcony

$77,950 $63,950

B

Junior Suite/Balcony

69,950

C

Deluxe Stateroom/Balcony

62,550

51,150

D

Deluxe Stateroom/Balcony

58,750

47,550

E

Deluxe Stateroom/Outside

53,495

43,195

56,995

F

Deluxe Stateroom/Outside

50,950

40,750

G

Premium Outside

46,950

37,750

H

Premium Outside

43,895

34,995

I

Premium Outside

40,750

32,250

J

Standard Outside

37,595

29,695

K

Premium Inside

34,495

27,395

L

Premium Inside

31,650

24,750

M

Standard Inside

28,950

22,750

Prices above are per person in US$ based on double occupancy. All Saver Fares are capacity controlled and subject to change at any time. See pages 48-51 for general information and terms and conditions, and details of free air offer. Low Single Cabin Saver Fares start at $28,550. Ask for full details.

us.voyagestoantiquity.com

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where you’ll stay

QUALITY HOTELS ASHORE Hotels in Southeast Asia and India are justifiably famous throughout the world for their impeccable service and outstanding facilities. Whether you are getting to know one of the vibrant cities on a pre- or postcruise stay or exploring one of the great historical treasures of the region on an included overnight excursion, Voyages to Antiquity’s selection of superior accommodations will not disappoint. In Singapore, for example, the luxurious Regent Four Seasons is centrally located so you have the perfect base from which to enjoy the fantastic restaurants, shops and sights of this bustling and exotic city. During the land tour of India’s Golden Triangle and in Marrakesh, your hotel will be a haven where you can relax and reflect

on the excitement of the day. Indeed, at the ITC Mughal in Agra, there are acres of landscaped garden to enjoy, and the Steigenberger Nile Palace in Luxor enjoys fabulous views over the romantic Nile. OUR HOSPITALITY STAFF Want to know where to find the best restaurants and shops, and what sights should not be missed? VTA’s hospitality staff are on hand to make sure that you make the most of your land stay. They will answer your queries, assist with any problems, and be at your hotel daily to meet your needs. This is part of the extra service Voyages to Antiquity provides to ensure you have the most relaxing and carefree vacation.

The Regent Four Seasons, Singapore

your hotels

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CITY

BALCONY CLASS

PREMIUM CLASS

AGRA

Courtyard by Marriott

ITC Mughal

ATHENS

Grande Bretagne

King George

CAIRO

Marriott

Marriott

DELHI

Le Meridien, Lalit

Sheraton, Lalit

JAIPUR

Le Meridien

ITC Rajputana

KANDY

Mahaweli Reach

Mahaweli Reach

LUXOR

Steigenberger

Steigenberger

MARRAKESH

Sofitel Palais Imperial

Le Meridien N’Fis

NEGOMBO

Jetwing Sea

Jetwing Sea

SINGAPORE

Regent Four Seasons

Regent Four Seasons

King George, Athens

Sofitel Palais Imperial, Marrakesh

Le Meridien, Jaipur


ENHANCE YOU CRUISE EXPERIENCE

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS & SAFARIS Applicable to voyages visiting Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Applicable to voyages visiting Burma.

OptiOnal adventures

THE GARDEN ROUTE, SOUTH AFRICA

tO add tO yOur cruise We're delighted to offer an incredible opportunity to enrich your Voyages to Antiquity experience with these magnificent full-day excursions by air to Mandalay or the temple fields of Bagan while in Burma. You may also enjoy a 3-day trip from Richards Bay along the beautiful Garden Route to Cape Town, and have time to enhance your South Africa experience with our optional 2-day safaris shown on the following pages.

3-day optional overland excursion – $798pp twin; $925 single

MANDALAY, BURMA

BAGAN, BURMA

Full day optional air excursion – $495pp

Full day optional air excursion – $495pp

The last royal capital of Burma, Mandalay is situated on the east bank of the Irrawaddy River, overlooked by Mandalay Hill where, legend has it, the Buddha prophesied a great city would be founded at its foot. On this exciting excursion, you will be driven around the walls of Mandalay Palace, as well as explore the Mahagandayon Monastery of Amarapura where more than a thousand Buddhist monks live and study. We will also visit the Shwenandaw Monastery that is famous for its intricate wood carvings and the spectacular gold leaf covered Buddha at the Mahamuni Pagoda, which is one of the most revered religious monuments in Myanmar.

The majority of Bagan’s buildings were constructed between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries, when it was the capital of the First Burmese Empire. Located in the dry, central plains of Myanmar, the ruins of this ancient city cover an area of sixteen square miles and include the golden Shwezigon Pagoda, the colossal standing Buddhas of the Ananda Temple, the massive brick structure of the Dhammayangyi Temple and the thirteenth century Gu Byauk Gyi Temple, which has some truly remarkable frescoes depicting scenes from the Buddha's life.

Space is limited on both of these optional excursions and we advise you book well in advance. Note: Should you decide to take one of these air excursions, you would not be able to participate in the visit to Scott’s Market and .National Museum and a credit for this has been allowed for in the price of the optionals.

Stretching from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to Storms River in the east, the Garden Route derives its name from the incredible variety of topography and flora to be found across its 190 miles of coastline. Along the way you will see South Africa’s national tree, the Yellowwood, inside Tsitsikamma National Park, and take a boat ride past the “Knysna Heads” to marvel at these spectacular promontories from the water. The Cango Caves at the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains are full of magical stalagmites and stalactites as well as prehistoric cave paintings. In Oudtshoorn, the “Ostrich Capital of the World,” visit an ostrich farm, then cross the Langeberg mountains and traverse the stunning Sir Lowry’s Pass to arrive in Cape Town.

We will also visit the local market where seemingly little has changed over the centuries and vendors sit cross-legged selling ingredients for euphoriainducing betel quids.

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OPTIONAL GAME DRIVES Applicable to voyages visiting Richards Bay, South Africa

LEOPARD MOUNTAIN

PHINDA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

2 days optional safari $495pp twin; $625 single

2 days optional safari $950pp twin; $1,450 single

This multiple, award-winning reserve is in an Endangered Species Protected Area, making it the perfect place for an unforgettable double drive safari, during which you will be transported into the bush by an expert ranger and tracker for a thrilling late afternoon and sunset big game drive.

Phinda Private Game Reserve is situated in the lush Maputaland region of northern KwaZulu-Natal and boasts 17,500 hectares of prime conservation land sheltering an abundance of wildlife, including, of course, Africa’s Big Five, as well as over 380 species of birds. The marine diversity in the nearby coastal waters of Sodwana is also said to rival the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

As with all safaris, no-one can guarantee exactly what you will see, but among the species that roam these vast African plains are the Big Five (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard), cheetahs, hyenas, jackals, lynx, zebras, giraffes, warthogs, impalas, wildebeest, blesbok and other antelope endemic to the region. For your lodgings on Leopard Mountain, every stone and thatched chalet overlooks the river and has a private plunge pool with spectacular views across Zululand to the distant Lebombo Mountains. Inside you will find a mini-bar, tea and coffee facilities, mosquito nets and an en-suite bathroom.

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Phinda Forest Lodge, where you will spend the night, is set deep in the heart of a rare and beautiful dry sand forest, fusing architectural design with conservation. Not a single tree was felled during the construction of this award-winning “Zulu Zen” style safari lodge. These stilted suites all use a combination of glass, wood, attractive fabrics and Zulu artefacts, with standard features including luxurious en-suite bathrooms and private viewing decks. You can also unwind in the lodge's sparkling rim-flow swimming pool, or relax on the expansive viewing decks which afford panoramic views of the game-filled plains.

Prices include: 1-night accommodation at the Leopard Mountain or Phinda Reserve, two game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, all meals, and transfers to and from the ship. Note: full payment will be taken at time of booking and our standard cancellation policy applies.


Applicable to voyages visiting Port Elizabeth, South Africa

LALIBELA GAME RESERVE

PUMBA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

2 days optional safari $769pp twin; $1,145 single

2 days optional safari $650pp twin; $895 single

Lalibela Game Reserve is located in South Africa’s Eastern Cape and consists of 7,500 hectares (approximately 18,500 acres) of bushveld stretching across an impressive five ecosystems. The result is a truly breathtaking diversity of flora and fauna.

Pumba is another eco-friendly destination in the Eastern Cape offering a similarly intimate safari experience within 6,500 hectares of private property. The lodge, where you will overnight, has a range of 5-star airconditioned chalets overlooking Lake Kariega, all of which have amazing views across the veld and water, giving visitors every opportunity to enjoy the ultimate in African luxury and style.

As with all four of these safari options, Lalibela is home to the Big Five animals – lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard, as well as other predators like cheetah, hyena, jackal and lynx. The reserve is also particularly blessed with plains and has multitudes of zebra, giraffe, warthog, impala, wildebeest, blesbok and other antelopes. Lentaba, the “Lodge on the Hillside,” where you will overnight, has eight beautifully secluded thatched chalets overlooking magnificent indigenous gardens that seamlessly merge with the bush. Every en-suite unit has a private observation deck to make the most of the views over the valley, while the main lodge is decorated in a traditional African safari style and boasts a large lounge, observation deck and swimming pool.

Pumba has the same diversity of flora and fauna that you can expect from any of our prestigious South African reserves, giving you every chance of spotting the Big Five, alongside the many other animals. Whichever safari option you choose, following your thrilling big game drive you will be able to return to your lodge and enjoy a sumptuous dinner of fine South African wine and cuisine. Unwind beneath a pollution-free night sky for some of the best stargazing on the continent, then awaken early to experience a second drive at sunrise as the veld comes to life.

Prices include: 1-night accommodation at the Lalibela Game Reserve or Pumba Reserve, two game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, all meals, and transfers to and from the ship. Note: full payment will be taken at time of booking and our standard cancellation policy applies.

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AEGEAN ODYSSEY IN A CLASS OF HER OWN


VTA UNIQUE EXCLUSIVE VOYAGES

the experience cOntinues On bOard Aegean Odyssey combines the best of traditional elegance with all the modern conveniences of a first-class ship. Classically elegant, but far from stuffy or formal, Aegean Odyssey also provides wonderful service and an intimate atmosphere. The advantages of the ship’s size is that she is able to visit ports that are too small for larger vessels like Yangon in Burma, and navigate close to scenic islands like our voyage through the tropical islands of the Indian Ocean. As you cruise from Europe to the southern hemisphere on our winter cruise program – the Experience continues! Renowned lecturers and experts will enthrall us on the places we visit. Dancers and musicians will entertain in selected ports, and for days at sea you will enjoy a full program of activities and entertainment as you cruise in comfort and style aboard the elegant Aegean Odyssey.

SHIP’S AMENITIES • 2 RESTAURANTS PLUS OUTDOOR TERRACE DINING • 3 LOUNGES • 4 BARS • LECTURE THEATER • LIBRARY • SHOP • INTERNET CENTER • OUTDOOR POOL • ATHENA HEALTH SPA AND GYM • BEAUTY SALON • MEDICAL CENTER • TELEPHONE, FAX AND E-MAIL VIA SATELLITE • TV, HAIR DRYER AND PERSONAL SAFE IN EVERY CABIN

“We cannot criticize the ship in any way. The organization was fantastic from boarding to disembarking. The food was outstanding wherever we chose to eat. The wait staff couldn't do enough for us and the Guest Speakers were wonderful.

R.W. - USA

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Experience the best of

small-ship cruising

On board Aegean Odyssey you will experience the finest traditions of cruising. She is a mid-size vessel carrying around 350 guests and features wide, teak decks and spacious public rooms. With open-seating dining (inside or al fresco), several bars and lounges to relax, and the immaculate service of a friendly and attentive crew, you can be sure of a superior cruise experience.

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Cruise in comfort, relax in style You’ll discover an intimate and relaxed atmosphere throughout the ship. By day the spacious decks provide the perfect place to unwind as you sail to the scenic splendor of the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia. The Ambassador Lounge is where our speakers inform and our musicians entertain, whilst the Charleston Lounge is the perfect place to meet friends – old and new – with light music and, perhaps, a little dancing.The top deck is a wonderful spot to watch the waves

go by during the day, or enjoy a nightcap looking at the stars in the evening. The well-stocked library is beautifully appointed and is regularly updated by Oxford-based bookseller Blackwells. There is an extensive range of volumes covering the history, art, culture and philosophy of the countries you will visit. The library is also the place to pick up our daily newspaper – delivered via satellite. For those in need of a little shopping, there is also a well-stocked boutique.


Fun-filled days at sea

In addition to our award-winning lecture program, on days at sea you can enjoy a variety of enrichment opportunities such as: ARTS & CRAFT WORKSHOPS ON-BOARD GUEST BANDS AND MUSICIANS LEARN HOW TO PLAY BRIDGE BEAUTY SESSIONS AND BALLROOM DANCING LESSONS CLASSICAL CONCERTS COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS WINE TASTING AND APPRECIATION COCKTAIL MAKING MASTERCLASS

Days at sea: relax or revive During days at sea you may simply wish to enjoy the sun on the Lido Deck or cool off in the outdoor pool. Perhaps borrow a book from the library and read in one of the cool lounges. Alternatively, you could start the day with an early morning yoga session or plan a visit to the Athena Health Spa and Gym. Here you will find the latest gym equipment for a serious workout, a sauna, and a good selection of therapies and treatments to refresh and renew you during your cruise. More pampering

can be found in the salon and beauty center. There will also be a full program of daily activities and entertainment – see panel above.

Renowned lecture program If you want to attend to the mind not the body, there will be a program of lectures – held in the Ambassador Lounge – designed to not only inform and entertain but also to bring to life the wonderful sites you will visit. There will normally be a number of guest speakers

on your cruise, each with a different area of expertise. Prior to arrival in each port of call, there will be a port briefing to inform you of the sites, culture and history of your next destination. Assisting the main speakers aboard ship and on land will be our team of young and keen graduates. They will be on hand to answer your questions and assist the expert guides on your sightseeing excursions. See the itinerary pages for a sample of guest speakers who will be joining us on our winter program.

Your cabin comforts Your onboard comfort is one of our prime concerns. Our wide category of cabins feature a flat-screen television, personal safe, hairdryer, and plush bedding for your comfort. Most outside cabins have windows rather than portholes, and our balcony cabins offer additional comforts and conveniences. See page 45 for extra Balcony Class benefits.

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impeccable service

wonderful food Memorable nights – local entertainment on board Start your evening with a cocktail in the Lido Bar as you watch the sun go down and meet old and newfound friends. Or, enjoy an aperitif in the Charleston Lounge while being entertained by our resident trio or visiting musicians and dancers. As well as being one of the world’s most historically interesting and naturally beautiful destinations, India and Southeast Asia are also home to a range of unsurpassed culinary traditions. This gastronomic culture of using the very best fresh local ingredients cooked in a simple but delicious and healthy style is the inspiration for the restaurants on Aegean Odyssey.

The Marco Polo Restaurant (Lunch and Dinner) The most elegant of the ship’s restaurants, the Marco Polo has a casual country club ambiance and Mediterranean/Asianinfluenced food. At lunchtime, you can choose from a variety of starters and three dishes of the day including grilled fish and a pasta special, plus a choice of desserts, fruit and cheese. In the evening, dinner will include appetizers, soup,

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salads, a choice of three or four main courses, and desserts. In addition to complimentary wine, there is a full list of fine wines and champagnes to accompany your dinner.

The Terrace Café & Grill (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) With a combination of indoor and outdoor seating, sophisticated interior design and cooking on the open grill, the

Terrace Café has a casual atmosphere replicating the charm and ambiance of a seaside restaurant. As well as the grill, there is a large buffet with hot dishes of the day, a selection of salads, and Thai and Asian specialties such as satay and noodles. The day starts in the Terrace Café with breakfast where you can either enjoy a healthy combination of yogurt, fruit and muesli or indulge in eggs, bacon or an omelette.


Marco Polo restaurant Appetizers CHILLED TROPICAL FRUIT COCKTAIL with rosemary honey

CARPACCIO OF MONKFISH with avocado and sun-dried tomato dressing

RAGOUT FIN OF QUAILS & LYCHEES presented with a truffle oil flavored potato-parsley cream

Soup & Salad GREEN SQUASH SOUP with toasted sesame seeds

GADO-GADO SALAD with fresh vegetables and egg combined with coconut milk, garlic and soy sauce

Main Courses SMOKED SALMON & ZUCCHINI FARFALLE CAPE MALAY FISH CURRY Rock Ling fillet with red bird’s-eye chili, served with coriander, fresh curry leaves, fennel and crushed garlic on a bed of yellow rice

BRAISED DUCK ASIAN STYLE with Chinese cabbage, William potato and classic traditional sauce

GRILLED MIGNONS OF BEEF TENDERLOIN served with an medley of truffle flavored Madeira vegetables and chateau potatoes

from the vegetarian kitchen

MUSHROOM & VEGETABLE BAKE with lime and herb-flavored yogurt

RICE-FILLED VINE LEAVES with grilled tomato, green peas and a feta cheese sauce

Desserts CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE CAKE with fruit coulis APPLE TARTE TATIN with rum raisin ice cream LEMON TULIP with fresh fruit CHEESE TROLLEY SLICED FRESH FRUITS

Afternoon tea & late-night snacks

At your service

There is something magical about the tradition of taking tea at sea. You’ll find a selection of freshly prepared sandwiches, cakes and scones and, of course, a selection of refreshing teas or coffee. For those passengers enjoying a late night discussing the excitement of the day’s sightseeing, a selection of light snacks freshly prepared by our chefs will be available in the Charleston Lounge.

Always serving with a smile, our crew will win your hearts. Your cabin steward will refresh your stateroom before you even realize you need it. Your waiter will remember whether you take tea or coffee, and the barman whether you like your Martini shaken or stirred. They, and the rest of our officers and crew, are dedicated to making your cruise a delightful experience.

SELECTION OF ICE CREAM & SORBETS

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MV AEGEAN ODYSSEY

SUITES, STATEROOMS & CABINS

CATEGORY B: Junior Suite with balcony

AEGEAN ODYSSEY – HOME AWAY FROM HOME We understand that one of the most important things when cruising with us is your comfort, which is why we work tirelessly to ensure that you remain as happy as possible with your accommodation during your voyage with us. Whichever cabin you decide to

choose, be it premium, standard or deluxe, you can feel safe in the knowledge that a clean and restful space filled with a host of creature comforts will be ready and waiting on board Aegean Odyssey as you return home from a day of exploration and discovery.

CATEGORY L: Premium Inside Cabin

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CATEGORY I: Premium Outside Cabin with fixed double bed


All suites, staterooms and cabins have bath and/or shower, flatscreen TV, safe, hair dryer and are fully air-conditioned. Balcony Class staterooms (categories A to D) have additional amenities as detailed at left. Note: Cabin plans are indicative and may vary within each price grade, especially as relates to single cabins. Not all categories are shown. The sizes, layout and bed configuration will vary within a category. The areas shown are averages and include the balcony. Beds may be fixed double (queen size), fixed separate twin beds or twin beds that can be converted into double beds. All outside staterooms/cabins have windows except Category J, most of which have portholes. Single cabin features include European full size beds – cabin sizes are smaller than sizes noted for double occupancy cabins.

BalconyCLASS

Cat A - Owner’s Suite, balcony

As well as adding a new dimension of luxury to our cabins and staterooms, in addition to the standard cabin features mentioned, guests in Balcony Class (categories A to D) will also enjoy:

Category B alt Junior Suite

CATEGORY A: Owner’s Suites 550 sq ft staterooms located on Lido Deck. Marble bathrooms, dressing area, separate sitting area and private balcony. Convertible twin beds.

• STATEROOM OR SUITE WITH BALCONY • A WELCOME BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE & PETIT FOURS

CATEGORY C/D: Deluxe Balcony Staterooms 250-275 sq ft staterooms located on Lido, Bridge and Belvedere Decks. Bath/shower or walk-in shower, sitting area and private balcony. Fixed double bed, separate twins or convertible twins depending on cabin selected. Cabins 807, 808 on Lido Deck are smaller and do not have a sitting area.

• REFRIGERATOR STOCKED WITH SOFT DRINKS • COMPLIMENTARY BOTTLED WATER

CATEGORY B: Junior Balcony Suites 310 sq ft staterooms located on Lido Deck. Marble bathrooms, walk-in closet, sitting area and private balcony. Convertible twin beds.

Cat B - Junior Suite, balcony

• ROBE AND SLIPPERS • MOLTON BROWN BATHROOM AMENITIES

CATEGORY E: Deluxe Staterooms 215 sq ft staterooms located on Belvedere Deck. Private bath/shower or walk-in shower. Convertible twin beds. Cabins 556 and 563 are smaller but have a fixed double bed and a balcony. CATEGORY F: Deluxe Staterooms 170-200 sq ft staterooms located on Lido, Bridge and Belvedere Decks. Bath/shower or walk-in shower. Convertible twin or fixed double beds.

Category E alt Deluxe Outside

Cat C/D - Deluxe Stateroom, balcony

Cat E - Deluxe Stateroom, outside

Cat F - Deluxe Stateroom, outside

CATEGORY G: Premium Outside Cabins 130-150 sq ft staterooms located on Bridge and Lido Decks. Private shower, fixed twin beds, convertible twin beds or fixed double bed. Views in some cabins partially obstructed by lifeboats. CATEGORY H/I: Premium Outside Cabins CATEGORY J: Standard Outside Cabins 130 sq ft cabins located on Bridge, Belvedere and Columbus Decks. Fixed twin beds with private shower. Category I cabins on Bridge deck have two windows with views partially obstructed by lifeboats and some cabins feature a fixed double bed. Category J: Standard Outside Cabins are similar in size and layout, but most have portholes in place of windows. CATEGORY K/L: Premium Inside Cabins CATEGORY M: Standard Inside Cabins 130 sq ft cabins located on Belvedere and Columbus Decks. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

CATEGORY H: Premium Outside Cabin

CATEGORY F: Deluxe Stateroom

Cat G/H/I/J - Premium & Standard, outside

Cat K/L/M - Premium & Standard, inside

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DECK PLAN

BRIDGE BRIDGE BRIDGE BRIDGE

802 802 801 801802802 801801

ship’s speciFicatiOn Ship’s Tonnage

804 804 803 803804804 803803

11,563

Length

806 806 805 805806806 805805

461 feet

Cruising Speed

15 knots

AMBASSADOR AMBASSADOR AMBASSADOR AMBASSADOR LOUNGE LOUNGE LOUNGE LOUNGE

705 705 706 706 705705 706706 707 707 708 708 707707 708708

709 709714714 714 714 709709 711 711716716 716 716 711711

• •• • • •• •

20.5 feet

703 703704704 703703 704 704

810 •

Draft

810 • 810 • 810 •

67 feet

809 •

Beam

809 • 809 • 809 •

808 808 807 807808808 807807

701 701 702 701701 702 702 702

712 • 710 •

OBSERVATION OBSERVATION OBSERVATION OBSERVATION LOUNGE LOUNGE LOUNGE LOUNGE

712 • 710 • 712 • 710 • 712 • 710 •

MV AEGEAN ODYSSEY

Passenger Staterooms/Cabins

Ship’s Registry

POOL POOL POOL POOL

386

721 721 721721 723 723 723723

Lloyd’s Register Society London

CHARLESTON CHARLESTON CHARLESTON CHARLESTON LOUNGE LOUNGE LOUNGE LOUNGE

725 725728728 728 728 725725 727 727730730 730 730 727727

• •• • • •• •

Classification

216

• •• • • •• •

Passengers, lower beds

722 722 717 717722722 717717 719 719 719719

OBSERVATION OBSERVATION OBSERVATION OBSERVATION DECK DECK DECK DECK

724 •

2

726 •

Stabilizers

713 713718718 718 718 713713 720 720 715 715720720 715715

724 • 724 • 724 •

7

LIDO LIDO LIDO LIDO BARBAR BAR BAR

726 • 726 • 726 •

Passenger Decks

LIDO LIDO LIDO LIDO BARBAR BAR BAR

Panama

Third/fourth pullman berth in these cabins

#

Cabin for passengers with disabilities Elevator

• • •• •• • •

812 812 812812

813 813 813813

814 814 814814

815 815 815815

• •• •

▲ Third pullman berth in these cabins

811 811 811811

• •• •

Single cabins

• • •• •• • •

KEY

816 816 816816

818 818 817 817 818818 817817 820 820 819 819 820820 819819 822 822 821 821 822822 821821 824 824 823 823 824824 823823

◆ Please

note: Category GG, I, II and some HH cabins have partially restricted view

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826 826 825 825 826826 825825 828 828 827 827 828828 827827

LIDO DECK LIDO DECK LIDO DECK LIDO DECK

729 729 729729

732 732 732732

731 731 731731

734 734 734734 736 736 736736

733 733 733733

738 738 735 735 738738 735735 737 740 740 737 740740 737737 742 739 742 742 739 742 739739

LIBRARY LIBRARY LIBRARY LIBRARY SHOP SHOP SHOP SHOP

TERRACE CAFE TERRACE CAFE TERRACE CAFE TERRACE CAFE

744 744 741 741 744744 741741 746 746 743 743 746746 743743 745 748 748 745 748748 745745 750 750 747 747 750750 747747

BRIDGE DECK BRIDGE DECK BRIDGE DECK BRIDGE DECK

BARBAR BAR BAR THETHE THE THE TERRACE TERRACE TERRACE TERRACE

PROMENADE DECK PROMENADE DECK PROMENADE DECK PROMENADE DECK


INCLUDED IN THE FARE EXPERTLY PLANNED ITINERARIES ALL MEALS ON BOARD AEGEAN ODYSSEY with a choice of two open-seating restaurants CATEGORY COLORS DOUBLE STATEROOM/CABINS

404#

403 405 504

522

532

530 534

533

RECEPTION

536

535 537

538

539 543

541

540

• •

549

INTERNET

542

551

544

553

546

555 557

419

423

429

427 ▲

431

433

418

Deluxe Stateroom with Balcony

CAT E

Deluxe Stateroom, Outside

CAT F

Deluxe Stateroom, Outside

432

CAT G

Premium Outside

436

CAT H

Premium Outside

LAND TOURS AND HOTEL STAYS as indicated

CAT I ◆

Premium Outside

GRATUITIES to cabin steward and restaurant staff

CAT J

Standard Outside

CAT K

Premium Inside

CAT L

Premium Inside

CAT M

Standard Inside

424

426

428

430 434 438

437

440

439

442 444

445

443

448

446

449

447

450

452

453

451

454

456

455

MARCO POLO RESTAURANT

460 ATHENA HEALTH SPA

• •

561

464

467

470

CAT CC

Deluxe Stateroom with Balcony

471

474

CAT EE

Deluxe Stateroom, Outside

475

476

CAT GG ◆

Premium Outside

477

478

CAT HH ◆

Premium Outside

CAT I I ◆

Premium Outside

548

CAT JJ

Standard Outside

550

CAT KK

Premium Inside

552

CAT LL

Premium Inside

554

CAT MM

Standard Inside

MEDICAL

565

558

567

560

569

562

571

564

573

566

575

568

577

570

BELVEDERE DECK

* Categories I, II, GG and some HH cabins have partially obstructed views. All fares are per person in US$, are valid at time of printing, January 2018, and include all items detailed in the “Included in the fare” panel at right. There are dedicated single cabins available in many categories and the prices for these are shown on the cruise pages. As they are limited in number, it is recommended that you book early. Once these cabins are sold, there may be a limited number of double cabins available for sole occupancy with supplements on the cabin category fares of 25% M-L, 30% K-I, 50% H-F and 75% E-A. All published fares are subject to change, are capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at any time. Low single fares are restricted to categories CC, EE, GG, HH, II, JJ, KK, LL and MM. Some cabins have a 3rd or 4th upper berth, details and fares on request. For full terms and conditions, see pages 50, 51 and our website.

COLUMBUS DECK

MARCO POLO DECK

EXPERIENCED GUEST SPEAKERS on each cruise GUIDED SIGHTSEEING in most ports of call

TRANSFERS & PORTERAGE# between overseas airports, hotels and the ship when using Voyages to Antiquity's air program # Transfers are provided only in conjunction with arrival and departure dates of

SINGLE CABINS

466

556

563

WELCOME COCKTAIL PARTY

422

441

459

COMPLIMENTARY WINE WITH DINNER ON BOARD beer or soft drinks if preferred

420

• •

559

417

425

463

HAIR DRESSER

547 545

421

435

528

527 531

525 ▲ 526 ▲

529

524

523 521

415

518

520

517

Deluxe Stateroom with Balcony

CAT D

416

• • • •

519

414 ▲

413

514

513 516

CAT C

510

• •

515

Junior Suites with Balcony

412

411

509 512

CAT B

409 410

508

511

Owner’s Suites with Balcony

408

407

505 506 507

CAT A

406

503

OPEN-SEATING DINING – choose when, where and with whom to dine

cruises and cruise-tours (including pre- and post hotel stays) as outlined in this brochure for guests with Voyages to Antiquity air arrangements. NOT INCLUDED IN THE FARE

• Optional shore excursions, where offered • Beverages (other than those included at dinner) and other items of a personal nature • Beauty and Spa treatments • Laundry and pressing services • Internet charges and telephone calls • Visas and airport taxes where these are payable locally • Government fees, surcharges and local taxes • Gratuities to guides and drivers on excursions.

+ low single cAbin fAres**

book eArly sAVe up to $7,000† per stateroom LOW COST AIR ADD-ONS ^ $795 to $995 from many US gateways

FREE ROUNDTRIP AIRFARE ^ on all Grand Voyages

To reserve your cabin, contact your travel professional or call Voyages to Antiquity

us.voyagestoantiquity.com

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GENERAL INFORMATION THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION AND VISAS All information provided below pertains to US citizens only and is valid at the time of printing, January 2018. Specific information for your cruise and land program will be provided at the time of booking. Please also refer to the applicable government website for any updates to this information. Requirements for other nationalities can be obtained from the consulates of the countries to be visited on the specific cruise and land program. It is each guest’s own responsibility to ensure that they have the required documentation prior to travel. Failure to produce the required documentation at embarkation may result in denied boarding and any expenses incurred as a result are not the responsibility of Voyages to Antiquity.

PASSPORTS Full passports are required and must be valid for a minimum of six months after the last day of your vacation. Special Note: Guests on itineraries which include calls to Arab countries and that may have an Israeli visa or entry stamp in their passport are strongly encouraged to obtain a new passport prior to travel. This is simply a recommendation and is not a requirement.

VISAS All passengers visiting India (including the Andaman Islands) will need to obtain and pay for a multiple entry visa in advance. Some passengers visiting Sri Lanka may also need to obtain and pay for a visa in advance of travel. Full details will be given at time of booking. Visas for other countries visited will be provided on board and the cost of these is included in your fare. At least 90 days prior to departure, we must have the following information relating to each passenger: full name (as it appears on passport), address, nationality, date and place of birth; plus

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passport number, expiration date and date and place of issue. Guests cannot be included in any ship-issued group visas if this information is not supplied by the required time.

HEALTH As health regulations are ever changing, we recommend that you consult your doctor or your local health department at least 10 weeks before your intended departure to check the latest requirements for the countries you will be visiting. Upon receiving pre-documentation materials, we will advise you of any mandatory vaccination requirements. Any guest arriving at the airport/port without the correct certificate will be refused permission to board and any expenses incurred as a result are not the responsibility of Voyages to Antiquity. Depending on the itinerary, guests should consult their doctor regarding the possibility of taking a course of anti-malarial tablets prior to their departure. Yellow fever inoculations are required only when visiting Angola – please consult your doctor before traveling. There is a well equipped medical center staffed by a doctor and licensed nurse for the benefit of both the guests and the crew. The medical center is primarily intended to provide acute care for illness and accidents that may occur while on vacation and is not intended to provide long term care for patients with chronic illnesses or as a substitute for regular health care. Charges apply for consultations, prescriptions and cabin visits. Guests that require regular treatments or testing of any kind during the cruise and land program must advise Voyages to Antiquity at the time of deposit. Voyages to Antiquity has the right to refuse or revoke passage to anyone who, in its judgment, is in a physical condition that is beyond the care that can be provided or made available.

PRIVACY POLICY

DIETARY RESTRICTIONS

Voyages to Antiquity requires all guests to provide full passport details, including addresses and next of kin information prior to issuance of final documentation. The personal information provided to the company is only shared as required by government regulations to the local authorities for the purposes of customs, visas and immigration clearances. The information may also be shared with certain suppliers of your travel arrangements. It should be understood that when making your booking you agree to your personal information being passed on as described above. You may also receive marketing communications from Voyages to Antiquity unless you indicate otherwise.

Please advise us at the time of booking of any special dietary restrictions or specific food allergies. Guests with specific food allergies must advise Voyages to Antiquity in writing at the time of deposit, and while all possible is done to meet the requirement(s), the guest is expected to exercise due caution when dining, either on board or during pre-, post-, or full-day excursions. The ship can meet most general requests such as low cholesterol, diabetic, and salt- or fat-free. While all dietary requests are provided to our local suppliers and hotels in advance Voyages to Antiquity cannot guarantee fulfillment on included meals at hotels or local restaurants on pre-, post- or full-day excursions.

SPECIAL NEEDS

SHORE EXCURSIONS AND LAND ARRANGEMENTS

The cruises and land programs featured include extensive sightseeing which may involve walking on uneven surfaces, up and down multiple stairs, and require a certain level of fitness and mobility. Some ports on the itineraries may require disembarkation of the ship with the ship’s or local tenders. Please consider these issues carefully prior to booking. There is one cabin specifically adapted for wheelchair use; however guests must bring their own collapsible wheelchair, the dimensions of which must not exceed 26” wide. Motorized scooters of any kind are not able to be accommodated on board Aegean Odyssey. Guests that need to travel with medical apparatus including wheelchairs, portable CPAP’s, and orthopedic devices must advise Voyages to Antiquity, in writing, at the time of deposit. A doctor’s statement of fitness may be required. All guests need to be self-sufficient and have an able-bodied guest traveling with them to take full responsibility for any assistance that is required. Important Notice: Failure to advise Voyages to Antiquity as required may result in denied boarding and no refunds are provided for such incidents.

Shore Excursions: Included in most ports of call. Where suitable, some excursions will be available at an additional cost. Descriptions of the tours will be sent with your final documents or made available on the Voyages to Antiquity website. Lunches on full-day tours can be a picnic lunch provided by Aegean Odyssey or at a local restaurant. Please note that these programs are planned far in advance of your visit, and we reserve the right to change, cancel, or substitute an included excursion at any time. There is no refund or credit available for non-use of an included excursion.

SMOKING Smoking is only permitted on Belvedere Deck aft. Smoking is prohibited in all other areas including cabins, balconies, and on excursion motorcoaches. All included hotel rooms are requested by Voyages to Antiquity as nonsmoking; however this is not always possible and Voyages to Antiquity cannot be held responsible if the guest’s preference is not available on arrival.


AI FR EE s R SE ele FA E P ct R AG sa E E i ^

on

LOW-COST ROUNDTRIP AIR

S 2 li 8-3 ng s 3

$795 – $995 FROM

MANY NORTH AMERICAN GATEWAYS

CURRENCY, PAYMENTS AND GRATUITIES ON BOARD A “cashless” system is operated on board Aegean Odyssey with all purchases charged to your cabin account. The final account can be settled in UK£ or US$ at the end of the cruise. Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit cards, and Travellers Cheques can be used for settlement. Please note that all card payments are processed by a chip and pin system which requires guests to enter their 4-digit pin number. Gratuities for the services you receive on board Aegean Odyssey from your cabin steward and dining room staff are included in your cruise fare. Naturally, guests at their own discretion may wish to show their appreciation to individuals offering exceptional service. Please note that a service charge of 12.5% is automatically added to your account for any bar service.

ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES Cabins and suites feature European 2-pin round outlets with 220 voltage. Hair dryers are provided in your cabin and electric rollers, curling irons, electric shavers, and other small appliances can be used. Adapters/converters are available on board for conversion to 110 volts if required; however, we recommend you bring your own in the event supplies are limited. For safety reasons, travel irons are not allowed.

LAUNDRY AND PRESSING Valet service is available for laundry and pressing. A laundry bag and order form are provided in your cabin.

COMMUNICATIONS Aegean Odyssey is fitted with the latest satellite communication technology and direct dial telephones in all cabins. There is also an internet center on Belvedere Deck and charges are based on connection time.

CHILDREN Voyages to Antiquity cruise programs are destination focused and designed for adults. There are no facilities for children on board Aegean Odyssey.

DINING ARRANGEMENTS Dining arrangements on Aegean Odyssey are flexible as both restaurants have an “open seating” policy with meal times arranged to suit the ship’s time in port and the shore excursion programs. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the Terrace Café, while lunch and dinner only are available in the Marco Polo Restaurant. On days when full-day shore excursion tours are operated, lunch will only be available in either the Terrace Café or Marco Polo Restaurant. Reservations can be made for dinner in the Marco Polo Restaurant.

Enjoy the peace of mind that comes with a complete vacation package and take advantage of Voyages to Antiquity’s Low-Cost Economy Class air programs. Sample fares from several cities are shown here. Please ask your Travel Agent or one of our representatives for lowcost fares that may be available from additional gateways. Using the world’s leading airlines, Voyages to Antiquity offers you convenient routings and exceptional savings. And with all transfers included, you’ll be met on arrival at your destination airport, and enjoy being transferred in comfort to Aegean Odyssey. At the end of your vacation, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home. Our exceptional air savings also extend to Business Class air travel with favorable upgrade costs to our low Economy fares. If you like traveling in extra comfort, be sure to ask about our business class fares when you book your vacation. Customized Air Travel – You may wish to make changes to the flight itinerary provided by Voyages to Antiquity. Your Travel Agent can make these flight requests on your behalf when you confirm your reservation. For example, you may wish to request travel on a specific carrier, or travel on different departure or return dates. Any additional costs associated with the change(s) will be added to your reservation once your new itinerary has been accepted. Seat Assignments – Voyages to Antiquity will request aisle and next seating when making your flight arrangements.

Some airlines no longer allow specific seats to be requested for Economy Class travel. You or your Travel Agent may contact the carrier directly to request any special arrangements. Frequent Flyer Mileage – You may be able to accrue miles on most carriers we use but will not be able to use miles for upgrades or any other amenities. Please note that not all airline alliances allow accrual of miles from one carrier to the other and guests should check this with their Frequent Flyer Mileage program affiliate. Special requests such as wheelchair, meals, or bookings in the new economy comfort seating areas should be arranged directly with the airlines. SAMPLE AIR ADD-ONS ATLANTA

$995

NEW YORK

BOSTON

$795

ORLANDO

$795 $995

CHICAGO

$795

PHILADELPHIA

$995

DALLAS

$795

PHOENIX

$995

DETROIT

$995

PORTLAND, OR

$895

HOUSTON

$995

SAN FRANCISCO

$795

LOS ANGELES

$795

SEATTLE

$995

MIAMI

$795

WASHINGTON DC

$995

^Some restrictions apply. You may not be able to change your confirmed flight arrangements without an additional charge. All government and airline fees and taxes are included in the above fares which are subject to change at any time prior to final payment. All air itineraries are subject to change and are not considered final until ticketed. Some gateways require departures 1 day prior to dates shown on pre-cruise land programs or 1 day later than dates shown on post-cruise programs as shown in this brochure.

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BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS General The following provisions apply to the booking of your Cruise, or Cruise-Tour and are the terms and conditions that apply upon the acceptance of your deposit by Voyages to Antiquity. They also cover any hotel or air arrangements made on your behalf by Voyages to Antiquity. By making a reservation and paying your deposit you agree to be bound by the provisions contained herein and to accept the terms and conditions of the Voyages to Antiquity Passage Contract (cruise ticket), a copy of which may be obtained from your Travel Agent or from Voyages to Antiquity. The provisions herein contain important information on cancellation by the guest, changes in the itinerary, the limitations and exclusions of liability on the part of Voyages to Antiquity, the operator of the vessel and of independent contractors, the health and immigration requirements that are your responsibility, and other relevant terms and conditions. Deposits and Payments A 10% deposit is required within 7 days of booking or sooner as noted on your confirmation invoice. The final balance is due no later than 90 days prior to sailing. Guests who do not make required deposits or final payment at appropriate times are subject to automatic cancellation without notice. Cancellation penalties as indicated on the invoice or as set forth in these Terms and Conditions apply (see Cancellation Policy). American Express, MasterCard, Visa, Discover Card, travel agency checks, and personal checks are accepted for deposits and final payments. Third party credit card charges can be accepted only when accompanied by valid authorization to charge from the relevant card owner. Travel Protection We strongly recommend that all guests purchase comprehensive Trip Cancellation/Interruption Protection Plan for the full purchase price of the cruise as well as any air and/or land arrangement costs. Cancellation Policy A full deposit refund is only made when cancellation notice is provided to Voyages to Antiquity no later than 120 days prior to the scheduled departure date. Any refund of payments will only be made by the same method as received.

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Guests who cancel for any reason including medical reasons are subject to the following cancellation fees per person based on the total charges made for the Cruise or the Cruise-Tour, plus any fees related to the early confirmation of air travel (said fees to be determined at time of cancellation): Number of days before sailing

Cancellation fee

Up to 120 days

None

119 - 90 days

10%

89 - 61 days

25%

60 - 31 days

50%

30 - 16 days

75%

15 - 0 days

100%

Non-appearance

100%

Government Fees and Taxes, possible Fuel and Exchange Rate supplements and Gift Orders are fully refundable regardless of the cancellation notice.

ports of call are not considered to be “significant changes.” Voyages to Antiquity shall have no responsibility or liability for any loss, inconvenience, or expense incurred by guests as a result of any changes or cancellations whether or not the changes are a “significant change.” (See further terms relating to changes and cancellation found in the Passage Contract.) A cruise may be canceled for reasons of “force majeure” (including but not limited to war, civil unrest, natural disasters, and adverse weather conditions) or in case a governmental organization issues a specific travel warning in the area where the cruise is to operate. We also reserve the right to cancel a cruise at any time up to ten weeks before sailing if we consider there are insufficient reservations for the cruise to be viable. If a “significant change” or decision to cancel a cruise is made, you or your Travel Agent will be advised as soon as possible about any alternative arrangements available. You can choose to accept these arrangements or cancel with a full refund.

Changes to a Reservation Changes to a reservation at any time, including air and hotel arrangements confirmed by Voyages to Antiquity, may result in an assessment of administrative fees and service charges by the third party supplier(s) and is beyond the control of Voyages to Antiquity. Guests are responsible for any additional costs incurred as a result of these changes. Some changes, including name changes, may be considered cancellations and applicable fees will be assessed.

In the unlikely event that a “force majeure” event occurs or a travel warning is issued, after a cruise has started, Voyages to Antiquity shall not be liable to pay any compensation for any changes in itinerary or omitted ports of call or shortened or lengthened stays in any port or ports other than refunds received by our suppliers.

Itinerary Changes The cruise and tour programs featured in this brochure are planned many months in advance. Occasionally changes have to be made to the published itineraries both before and after bookings are confirmed as circumstances beyond the control of Voyages to Antiquity (force majeure), may require us to correct information in the brochure that appears by error or omission.

Independent Travel Arrangements Voyages to Antiquity is not responsible with regard to air or land travel or accommodation arrangements made using non-refundable, restricted travel or frequent flyer air tickets or frequent traveler hotel accommodations. This exclusion of liability includes the consequences of delays in the arrival at any airport, hotel, or port location that may occur when guests are using independently arranged air or land travel or when changes in travel arrangements may need to be made due to changes Voyages to Antiquity may make to the embarkation or disembarkation ports and the time of embarkation and disembarkation. The Passenger Ticket/Passage Contract contains full terms and conditions for these exclusions.

Most changes are minor but occasionally a “significant change” must be made. A “significant change” before departure is deemed to be a change to the initial embarkation or disembarkation port to a different geographical area or a change in the duration of your cruise and tour program by more than 12 hours. Ports of call or timing changes in

The ship’s captain is responsible for the safety of the ship, passengers, and crew and has absolute discretion in making any alterations to the itinerary that he considers necessary.

Final Travel Documentation Travel documents including any air tickets are issued only after passport details have been received and final payment has been made to Voyages to Antiquity. In most cases the final documentation is sent no later than 30-21 days prior to scheduled departure. It is the responsibility of the guest to verify that the full name(s) on any cruise, land, or air arrangements and reservations are the same as listed on his/her passport. Voyages to Antiquity is not responsible for cancellation or pre-bookable fees imposed by any supplier due to incorrect names provided by the Travel Agent or guest. Responsibility The responsibility of Voyages to Antiquity and the operator of the vessel is strictly limited according to the Terms and Conditions set forth in the Passage Contract that you receive prior to embarkation. You are urged to read the Passage Contract carefully. A sample is available to be mailed on request or can be viewed and printed from the Voyages to Antiquity website at any time. Transportation onboard the ship is provided solely by the ship operator and pursuant to the Passage Contract. Voyages to Antiquity reserves the right to accept or decline any person as a guest for any reason. Voyages to Antiquity shall not be responsible for any act, event or omission during the time passengers are not aboard the Voyages to Antiquity vessel. Voyages to Antiquity acts only as an agent for the supplier of off-ship services such as airlines and other off-ship transportation carriers, meals, shore excursions, accommodations, air ambulance and shore-side physicians. Guests agree not to hold Voyages to Antiquity, its owners, agents or representatives liable for any loss, injury, expense or damage which results directly or indirectly from any act or omission, whether negligent or otherwise, of any third party person or firm which is to, or does provide goods


or services in connection with the trip or any available option. Without limiting the foregoing, Voyages to Antiquity shall have no liability to passengers for the quality of services at, and the condition, cleanliness or safety of a hotel, housing facility, or conveyance, or for any transportation delay, including but not limited to liability for inconvenience, shortened vacation time, additional expenses, or any other kind of damage. Voyages to Antiquity expressly disclaims all responsibility of any nature whatsoever for any loss, damage or injury to property or person resulting from air, rail, motorcoach or any other form of transportation other than that actually provided by the Voyages to Antiquity vessel.

Luggage Handling All luggage must conform to and will be handled in accordance with the regulations and restrictions of airlines, government security requirements, and third party suppliers. Individual Airline charges or fees relating to checked and carry-on luggage are the guests' responsibility. Applicable fees and charges can be found on each airline's website. Charges and fees relating to the carriage and handling of luggage excluding porterage at Voyages to Antiquity's included hotels or porterage at the pier and to/from the Voyages to Antiquity vessel are the guest's responsibility. Voyages to Antiquity reserves the right to search guest luggage at any time and to refuse any items that might be considered dangerous. All hand-carried luggage and personal effects are the responsibility of the guest at all times. Voyages to Antiquity is not responsible for the loss or damage to guest luggage. Luggage insurance is strongly recommended. Please refer to the Passenger Ticket/ Passage Contract for the full details of the Voyages to Antiquity Luggage Policy.

Mediterranean, greek islands, norwegian Fjords, britain, iceland and more... Our 2018 europe summer award-winning cruises aboard aegean Odyssey combine the very best of small-ship cruising. From the greek islands to Mediterranean resorts and the northern waters of the british isles and norwegian Fjords – cabins are still available. 2 01 8

VOYA G E S T O 2018 DEPARTURE DATE

APRIL 25 MAY 5 MAY 17 MAY 27 JUNE 8

A N T I Q U I T Y NO. OF DAYS

THE AEGEAN EXPERIENCE 1 ANCIENT GREECE & DALMATIAN COAST CLASSICAL ITALY & THE ADRIATIC RENAISANCE ITALY & HISTORIC ISLANDS EUROPEAN CONNOISSEUR

14 14 16 18

FROM – TO

ATHENS – ATHENS ATHENS – VENICE VENICE – ROME ROME – SEVILLE

PAGE NO.

30 – 31 32 – 33 34 – 35 36 – 37

18

SEVILLE – LONDON

18

LONDON – LONDON

19

LONDON – LONDON

18

LONDON – LONDON

46 – 47

19

LONDON – LONDON

48 – 49

40 – 41

THE NORWEGIAN FJORDS

ICELAND, FAROES & SHETLANDS I

JULY 19

THE BRITISH ISLES

AUGUST 2

ICELAND, FAROES & SHETLANDS II

AUGUST 17

THE THREE RIVERS

18

LONDON – LISBON

42 – 43 44 – 45

50 – 51

AUGUST 29

MEDITERRANEAN ODYSSEY

18

LISBON – ROME

54 – 55

SEPTEMBER 10

ITALIAN & ADRIATIC HIGHLIGHTS

16

ROME – VENICE

56 – 57

SEPTEMBER 24

DALMATIA & ANCIENT GREECE

SEPTEMBER 30

THE AEGEAN EXPERIENCE 1

OCTOBER 9

THE AEGEAN EXPERIENCE 1I

14

VENICE – ATHENS

14

ATHENS – ATHENS

14

ATHENS – ATHENS

EE

58 – 59

60 – 61

62 – 63

OCTOBER 17

THE AEGEAN EXPERIENCE & CAIRO

14

ATHENS – ATHENS

OCTOBER 27

A VOYAGE THROUGH THE MIDDLE SEA

15

ATHENS – MALAGA

66 – 67

NOVEMBER 9

MOORISH ODYSSEY

13

MALAGA – TENERIFE

68 – 69

64 – 65

MEDITERRANEAN

B FO OO SA R K E VE SPE AR R FA C LY IA AN RE L D S VO YA GE S

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GREEK ISLANDS • NORWEGIAN FJORDS • BRITISH ISLES • ICELAND • MOROCCO • EGYPT

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to request a brochure, call your travel professional or contact voyages to antiquity telephone: 877-398- 1460 JUNE 20 JULY 4

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AWA R D - WIN N ING VOYAGE S

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Errors & Omissions While Voyages to Antiquity makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of information in this brochure, its promotions and as displayed on the website, Voyages to Antiquity reserves the right not to honor any published fares that it determines were erroneous due to printing, electronic or clerical error. Voyages to Antiquity is not responsible or liable for any typographical errors, omissions or misprints.

coastal and river cruising to historic treasures, fascinating cities and the natural wonders of the

A N T I Q U I T Y

Services provided by Independent Contractors All shore-side tours and services described in this brochure or on the website including air, hotel, transfers and excursions are provided by independent contractors. Voyages to Antiquity acts solely as ticketing agent for all shore-side activities and has no legal obligation or liability of any kind to guests for acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent

Guests with Special Needs The cruise and tour programs featured in this brochure include extensive sightseeing and to fully participate each guest must be reasonably fit and have no walking difficulties. Whenever possible Voyages to Antiquity will try to accommodate guests with special needs as long as the mobility issues are not an impediment to others on the guided tours. For complete policy details, refer to the General Information section of this brochure or to that section of the Voyages to Antiquity website.

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VOYA G E S T O

Air Transportation Voyages to Antiquity does not operate, control or supervise any airlines and shall have no responsibility for carriers failing to meet schedules whether or not air tickets were issued by Voyages to Antiquity or its designated vendor. Voyages to Antiquity is not responsible for any expenses or consequences relating to air transportation and that results from causes including but not limited to inclement weather, strikes, flight cancellations, changes/delays in the ship’s schedule or a change/delay in schedule or routing made by a guest, travel agent or airlines. Any changes, including early ticket issuance and cancellations, requested by a Travel Agent or a guest to a confirmed flight reservation or issued ticket will incur an administrative fee. Any additional costs incurred by Voyages to Antiquity including penalties are made at the guest’s expense. Any charges imposed by an air carrier to Voyages to Antiquity after an air reservation is confirmed due to provision of incorrect name(s), or increase in airline related fuel surcharges, will be added to the total cost of your cruise or Cruise-Tour. Airline tickets are only refundable to Voyages to Antiquity and the amount of any refund owing to the guest is determined by Voyages to Antiquity.

contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground/tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Voyages to Antiquity.

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december 5, 2018

passage to ancient egypt & india

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athens – delhi

14 – 15

january 1, 2019

the golden triangle to the strait of malacca

28

delhi – singapore

16 – 17

january 22

beyond burma & the malay peninsula

21

singapore – colombo

18 – 19

february 10

islands of the indian ocean & south africa

32

colombo – cape town

22 – 23

march 12

south africa, namibia & the skeleton coast

33

cape town – malaga

24 – 25

april 12

classical civilizations of the southern mediterranean

15

malaga – athens

26 – 27

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